Posted by: Joe Palmer | December 11, 2009

I BELIEVE


“I BELIEVE”

By Joe Palmer

One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is “Miracle on 34th Street.” The movie is about a young girls struggle to believe in Santa Clause. I remember the scene where she keeps mumbling to herself, “I believe, I believe, it’s silly but I believe.” Suddenly she sees the house that was promised to her in the movie, the one she had asked for as a Christmas present. Her faith was made firm by seeing.

Let me ask you a question, “Do you believe?” I hope our faith in the unseen God, Christ, the Bible, Heaven, and salvation isn’t like that of the little girl mumbling as she drives down the road. Without a real confidence in Christ our faith won’t stand the attacks of the world.

You see we can’t wait for our faith to be made firm by seeing. So why should I believe? Listen to what the Apostle John said about his testimony.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. I John 1:1-4

John tells us that his testimony is first hand. It was based on personal physical contact. You see we aren’t the first ones to be skeptical about believing. Paul was, not only a non-believer, he was working as one who opposed the followers of Christ prior to his conversion. Thomas, declared, I won’t believe until I see the nail prints in his hand. (John 20:25) On the day of Pentecost Peter preached to a group of skeptics. (Acts 2) Skeptics, who could have disproved Peter’s words had they been lies. You see many of them had watched the crucifixion, and they knew where Jesus had been buried. Three thousand of them not only accepted his message but acted on that acceptance in obeying the Gospel. A short time later we read that a great number of the Jewish Priests had become converts. (ACTS 6:7) As the Gospel went out into the world it wasn’t just preached among the ignorant and common people, but also to philosophers, (Acts 17) Governors (Acts 24) and Kings (Acts 26). Paul even hoped to preach to Caesar, although we are not sure if he ever got this opportunity.

Today, while many scoff at the Bible, Christ, and the resurrection not one credible ancient historian or writer has left us any message that refutes the claim of Christ, nor his resurrection. In fact, men like Josephus a Jewish historian and others also confirm many parts of the Gospel giving it independent verification. It is with this in mind that we can confidently state, “I BELIVE.”

Joe Palmer

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