No matter how you see God, every culture has innately believed in a Creator, in something bigger than themselves, an eternal force. Native Americans called Him the Great Spirit. Buddha himself turned to outside forces for strength. asking the “earth” to protect him from the demons trying to prevent him from reaching enlightenment. Aristotle argued that there must be some eternal and imperishable substance. This eternal actual substance must be a single prime mover (a person or establishment that is chiefly responsible for the creation or execution of a plan or project). Now many people refer to God as “Universe”.
God is the word used to describe the Creator of the complex universe, of heaven and earth, eternal commander of the sun, moon and stars. He is creator of man and the miracle of how our bodies work. The universe doesn’t do anything on its own. God created the universe. The Creator controls the creation.
We can’t see God, don’t know what God looks like or what form he takes. Maybe he IS a great spirit and embodies himself everywhere within his entire creation. I certainly see majesty in a beautiful sunset. I marvel at how the ocean knows where to stop at the shore. And don’t try to tell me a big bang caused the miracle of birth.
Because we are human, we can’t really perceive beyond our human experience. So God embodied a human form so we could understand him better and explain His plan for us. That man’s name was Jesus.
Jesus was a real person. He really lived. The historical facts are there. Don’t believe it? Then why would you believe Caesar lived? Did you meet him? Why do you believe Alexander the Great lived? Confucius, the Chinese philosopher? Aristotle, the Greek philosopher? Buddha, a spiritual teacher? Muhammed, a prophet of Islam? Why do we automatically accept what we are taught in history except for the history of Jesus. He is real. And it doesn’t matter what he looked like!
Do you believe the story of Caesar’s death? His stabbing and His famous last words “Et Tu Bruto”, upon realizing the betrayal of his friend Brutus. Eyewitnesses passed on these facts and they were written into history. They are taught as fact. Confucius, Aristotle and Caesar all lived BEFORE Jesus. Yet we take their history accounts as more accurate than Jesus’.
History records Jesus’ death by crucifixion on the cross. And also, the fact that after 3 days in the tomb, He was seen alive by more than 500 people, on twelve (12) separate occasions. He rose from the dead and was alive for more than 40 days. Witnesses then saw him rise and ascend into the heavens. It is historical fact. You just have to decide whether or not you believe it.
People who saw it first hand spread the story. They told their children and grandchildren about it. They travelled to foreign lands spreading the good news. They recorded it in history. Just as accurately as the history of Caesar.
What IS the story of Jesus?
Succinctly, that Jesus lived, was truly God in human form, that he died on purpose to pay the whole world’s debt of sin. Jesus died ONCE for everyones debt. That includes everyone who will ever be born after his death. Your sin is already forgiven. You just have to accept the free gift of forgiveness. Believing it is what takes away your debt. The gift is there for everyone. But only the people who believe receive the gift. If you don’t believe, you still have to pay your own debt.
Jesus said He would send the Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide after he ascended in Heaven. The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers. The Spirit is our counselor and encourager. We have the very Spirit of God inside us.
Still can’t “get” it? Can’t fathom it? Think of it in another way…
Let’s say for example, since the beginning of time, everyone in the whole world, everyone who was ever been born, everyone living now and everyone who will ever be born, upon their birth has an immediate debt and owes the One World Government taxes. History shows that people of old paid these taxes regularly. There were strict rules on how the taxes were paid and these rules were taught to everyone.
Then came a new One World Leader who steps up and says, I’m willing to die to settle the whole world’s debt, once and for all. Make it a horrible death so it’s worthy of the debt of the everyone. But let me die one time so everyone can be declared innocent. Everyone who lives now or will ever be born will be innocent. And so it happens! The debt it paid for everyone from the date of his death forward. But now everyone born will have to choose whether to believe the story of his death that paid their debt, to receive the free gift. If they don’t believe, they have to pay their own debt.
People share the story, those who saw it first hand. He’s the hero and news spreads fast and people are so happy to be free. For generations they tell the story of his gift and how they didn’t have to do anything to receive it. They tell their children and grandchildren about it so they believe it too. That they no longer have to pay the debt because of Mr. One World Leader from so long ago. Would you tell your family? Would you pass the news to your children and grandchildren? Would you teach them to tell their children and grandchildren? Would you try to keep the spirt of Mr. One World Leader alive in your heart and share the story with many others, not only your family? The kindness, the selflessness. The sacrificial love? Would you yourself even be able to accept the story and that it was just that easy to have your debt paid? All you had to do was believe.
Now thousands of years have passed. Most people alive today don’t believe the story anymore about the taxes already paid. It happened so long ago and they don’t have first hand knowledge. Most of them haven’t even heard the story! No one has every told them. They don’t even give it any thought. Maybe they’ve heard the name of the One World Leader and think that people who still believe that story are lunatics. Un oh. Those people who don’t believe it’s true, have to start paying their taxes again. Non- believers are declared guilty. Only the people choosing to believe, from the history passed down to them, don’t have to pay taxes. And even if believers break other laws, they are forgiven of those too!
This is why we are called “Believers”. We believe and we receive the forgiveness. It’s that simple.
Can YOU believe?? Will you TRY to believe? Even if you have doubt, will you look into the history books? The greatest selling book of all time is the Bible. All the answers are in there!
Will you do some research to prove it to yourself that it really happened, so you CAN believe? You WANT to believe right? For that freedom! And you don’t have to do anything to receive it. Just believe it. Just say deep down in your heart, “Help me believe”.
Your life depends on it.