Will The Real God Please Stand Up? Part 1-An Overview

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.

Isaiah 46:9

The God who claims to have created all claims exclusivity.  He says there is “none like me.”  Those who have had an experience with Him acknowledge His exclusivity.

“Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”

Psalm 114: 13

Elijah gave the people a choice between  a false god and the true God:

 “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

1 Kings 18:21

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Anyone can claim to be God.  Anyone can claim to “know the truth”  even non-believers, i.e., Atheists.   Some may say there is no such thing as “truth” or “truth” is whatever you want it to be.  Further, there have been many who claim to be Jesus.

For the next several blogs,  we will explore the world of gods, those claiming to be  a god and those claiming to have the truth.  Our objective is to ask for the real God to stand up.   We want the real God to give us some reason to believe he is the real God.

This is such a massive topic, that I am not sure how long this series will last.  I do not plan on it being an exhaustive study, but I want to make sure the topic is carefully explored with proper and fair use of resources. So hang on, here we go.  Let start by asking,

How many gods are there in the world?  How many religions? How many groups are there claiming to have truth?  In other words, what is the scope of all this?

Below  is a ranked listing of the major religions and the estimated number of followers according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

I am  including Atheists as a religion.  Like some of the religions listed below, they do not believe in any god, but they have a belief system and a faith in their philosophy and world view.   Like many churches, Atheists are evangelical in their belief and often try to proselytize  others through campaigns, books, meetings, merchandise, etc.  They claim to have the truth!

The less biased researches regarding the  number of Atheists vary, but several sources  put the number at about 1. 4 million or 2%  of the population worldwide.  It is very complex identifying an unbeliever or an Atheists, but even the higher numbers put them at a low percentage of the world’s population.   Based on these numbers, they would rank about  #17 on the list below.

World Religions and Approximate Number of Followers:

  1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
  2. Islam: 1.3 billion
  3. Hinduism: 900 million
  4. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
  5. Buddhism: 376 million
  6. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
  7. Sikhism: 23 million
  8. Juche: 19 million
  9. Spiritism: 15 million
  10. Judaism: 14 million
  11. Baha’i: 7 million
  12. Jainism: 4.2 million
  13. Shinto: 4 million
  14. Cao Dai: 4 million
  15. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
  16. Tenrikyo: 2 million
  17. Atheists: 1.4 million
  18. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
  19. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
  20. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
  21. Scientology: 500 thousand

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Within each religion are thousands of “denominations,”  “factions,” or “sects”

World Christian Encyclopedia estimates there are 33,000 Christian denominations alone! (World World Christian Encyclopedia by Barrett, Kurian, Johnson Oxford Univ Press, 2nd edition, 2001).

As I write this, the two major factions of Islam (Shiites and Sunnis) are battling it out for control of Iraq.

In the Christian world, there is a split between the Roman Catholic church and those churches who “protested” against the tradition and misuse of the Bible and power.

The atheists like to use these numbers as “proof” that “God is imaginary.”  The inference is that if God were real, there would be only one religion and one truth.  In a perfect world without any enemies, this might be so.    I must admit that all their claims about God and truth is a difficult argument to address.

Other arguments by unbelievers start with the same type of reasoning. “If” God were real, then why is there so much suffering in the world?  “If” God is real, why are there so many wars and death?   Again, the implication is that God would not allow any suffering or death at all and again this is a difficult question to answer.

We have a couple of options  in the address of such difficult questions.  We can put our head in the sand and just enjoy life as it comes to us and be put in our grave after our time on earth.  Such is the philosophy and the battle cry of the Atheist, “Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.”

The more aggressive evangelical atheistic view is to convince others, that because mankind is in such an emotional need of a higher power that they create God in their own image.  Their fervent dedication to atheism is to destroy religion which they see as harmful to society.  Certainly, they have a good case as you consider the many wars, death, and destruction caused over “religion.” Many believers are confused by the terror on this earth, but I am not sure embracing their philosophy would make the world a better place and stop war.

To them, the concept of God is a crutch for the weak-minded.  It is about men controlling other men and wealth.  It appears to make sense.  Their formula for the existence of life is simple:

No one + nothing = everything (Evolution) which means:

No god + no purpose = no meaning to life (Enjoy while you can.)

After many years on this earth and many experiences, I have discovered people with no answers can make themselves look intelligent by asking questions that have no easy answer.  Example:  A young man doesn’t have an answer to why the country fell into a recession,  so he asks the question, “Is this really a recession or have the numbers been manipulated by the government for political reasons?”  This type of question or suspicion  brings doubt and no real answers. It only adds to the confusion.

Just as the Atheist does not have an answer for the many religions their question brings doubt about the reality of a Creator God, but no real answers or proof of the no-God theory.  They only have circumstantial evidence with their twist on its interpretation.  But the same is true for the believer.

No doubt, there is an element of deception in the world of religion and philosophy.  However, the atheist believes all religion is false and it has deceived all men.  But, what if one of these gods is the real God and how would you know?  This is what we will explore.

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A scientific  approach to the discovery of the real God would be to seek evidence and the claims of those claiming to be gods.  Interview them  all and their followers to see if the real God is there.  But, what criteria would you use to determine who is true and who is false?  What would be your basis for truth?  This we need to consider in our search.

There was a popular TV show back in the 60’s  called, To Tell The Truth.  Three contestants would be introduced and all three would claim to be a certain person who had performed some unusual feat.  For example, the show would start with all three contestants saying, “Hello my name is John Smith, I swam the English Channel with my hands tied behind my back.”

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The celebrity panel of four would ask questions of each contestant, observe their body type (typically swimmers are athletic looking), and evaluate the answers to the questions.  The contestants’ motivation was to deceive  the four celebrities.  The more celebrities guessing incorrectly, meant more money.  Of course they had to lie or make up an answer some of the time.  However, the real John Smith could not lie.

When the celebrities were finished asking questions, they would vote on who was the real John Smith.  Sometimes it was unanimous; other times the votes were split.  After all the questioning, the moment would come when the Emcee would ask,

“Would the real John Smith please stand up?”

Imagine the surprise of the celebrities in being deceived by the best lying contestants!  This was a lot of fun, but it has a simple basis for the answer our question about the real God.

First, if we really want to know the truth about God, we need to be willing to ask some questions and seek some answers. rather than just guessing without some basis.  Many people don’t want to know the truth or have no motivation to seek for it.  They are comfortable with their head in the sand.

Is it possible, unlike the TV show, that the real God wants us to know the truth?

Also, in our search are we willing to accept things that cut across our own philosophy, set of beliefs or world view?

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A good place to start is to examine the claims of each god.  As mentioned above, there are a few religions whose leaders do not claim to be God, but rather promote a particular philosophy about living and life.  Philosophies are extremely subjective.   Many are a nice sounding string of words, but would be difficult to examine and test for truth.

Let’s try to start with the  claims of each god or philosophy. We would need to study the answers to our common questions and compare.   Also, we would need to see if there is anything they have done that would demonstrate god-like qualities or evidence of truth

We must be willing to submit to the idea that there are some liars among the group.  There is truth and there is error.  We will talk a little about absolute truth next time.

Perhaps only one is telling the truth.  But keep in mind the law of non-contradiction.  Two who contradict each other can’t both be right.  The claim that all are right and there are many paths to eternity cannot be right, because of the contradiction of the claims on how to get there.  Of course, the atheists take the simple way out and  claim all are liars, but we won’t take this lazy approach.

Many unbelievers would also ask, “Why is there a need to do such a complicated time-consuming search?” Why doesn’t God just show up at the World Cup Soccer matches and say,

“Hello everyone!  I am the real God and to prove it, I am going to predict the winner, the score, and other facts you can’t possibly know.”  Even this would not convince many because they would claim mind manipulation.  So how does someone become convinced they are following he real God?

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For the purpose of this writing, I am going to take the “To-Tell-The-Truth approach to finding the real God.  The question as to why a search is needed is again typical of the person who has no answers and is not willing to do an honest research or keep an open mind.  So, they ask a difficult questions with no easy answers to bring doubt and get the seeker off course, because they are trying to protect their own philosophy.  So, for now, we will ignore those types of questions.

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Why are people a member of a particular religion or denomination?

Could we assume that people in these different religions are of that faith because they studied and selected that religion due to their research or because they were born into it?

 If you are born in the middle east, you are likely to be Islamic.  If you are born in the southern states of the US, you are likely to be Protestant Christian. If your parents were Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, etc., it is very likely you will be the same.

It would be safe to assume that our religion and denomination is determined mostly by our ancestry, location, and environment.  Family roots and race is the most powerful reason for someone’s religion.  I have heard people say, “if it was good enough for grandma, it is good enough for me.”

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Of our 21 “religions” listed above, how many claim to have a god?

Some of the religions such as Hinduism, Shinto have many thousands of gods.  Some have no gods, but are either led by gurus, teachers, philosophers, or politicians such as Buddhism, Sikhism, and Juche, Jainism

Many are recent “religions” such as Spiritism, Baha’i, Cao Dai, Tenrikyo, Neo-Paganism, Rastafarianism, Scientology which just started in the last couple hundred years.

Some are very nationalistic such as:

Zoroastrianism

They attempt to reason their way to a conclusion rather than search the evidence.

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We will start our next blog with a summary/comparison of each of the top “21” religions.

My desire is to eventually compare the top two religions in the world and their leaders.  We will look at the claims of Jesus, Muhammad, Jehovah, and Allah.

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What to Do With Doubt (Part 2)

“If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about me.”

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel… By which also ye are saved… unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, h ow that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

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Have you seen Jesus in the books of Moses (Generally accepted as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,  Numbers, and Deuteronomy)?  Have you seen Him in the other books of the Old Testament?

If you haven’t seen Jesus in the Old Testament you have missed 59% of the story about Jesus.

Come with me as we take a walk with two disciples who, after a three to four hour Bible study with Jesus had their lives changed.  They went from massive disappointment to a solid believer in Jesus.  It can do the same for you.

This is written in first person for a “reality” version of the story. At the end is some additional material that should appeal to your logic.

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It was early in the morning and the sky was getting brighter as I walked the dusty road speaking in low tones with my friend Cleopas about the things that had transpired over the last few days.  So many things!  All very bad!

It started with the arrest of Jesus in the Garden east of the city.   During the night and into the early morning of the Preparation Day (Friday) the soldiers and mob began to move Him between the governor and religious leadership. Then they beat Him to a pulp and eventually crucified Him on a Roman cross on the hill outside of Jerusalem later in the afternoon of the Preparation Day.

I watched from a distance as He hung His head and took his last breath.  He said something at the end, but I was unable to hear because I was trying to stay far enough away so that no one would try to connect me with Him .  I would certainly be labeled as a fanatic believer in this prophet who the clergy had labeled as a blasphemer.  This led to his death.  I think I saw Peter off in the distance.  He appeared to be on his knees with his face in his hands.  His disappoint must be very great!

There had been an earthquake and the sun refused to shine.  Darkness took over the land like a thick smothering blanket.  Everything seemed out of place…frightening.  The large curtain in the temple had been ripped from top to bottom by some unseen hand. There were even reports of  people, considered saints,  coming out of their graves and appearing to many in the city! (Matthew 27: 51-53)

My personal disappointment is great, because I believed everything He had taught.  I was amazed at His great miracles and works of kindness. His followers thought Him to be the Messiah prophesied by many of the prophets hundreds of years ago.  He was going to set up His kingdom and deliver my people from the iron rule of Rome.  We thought He was the coming king upon which hung on all our hopes.

But, it seemed like He did not want the office of king.  I had left everything to follow Him and learn His teachings.  This all seemed to come to nothing on that Friday afternoon when He died.  Now only doubt, sadness, and disappointment hung on Cleopas and me like a heavy smelly cloak belonging to someone else.  I  want an explanation, but the reality of deception was creeping into my thoughts and it made me feel sick and foolish.

On top of everything else, the body of Jesus is missing!  The women said He was alive, confirmed by a couple of other disciples, but I know better.  It is just wishful thinking on their part. No one could have survived the beating, the nails, the loss of blood, and finally the sharp sword in the side.  I saw it and refuse to believe anything but what my eyes can confirm. There was no mistaking… the vision of so much blood and the pale appearance of death was real.

This first day of the week, we are on our way to Emmaus to start over;  a walk of about 8 miles. It will take me the usual 3 1/2 hours or so to walk…maybe longer today because of our conversation and heavy heart. This will give us plenty of time to try and put all the pieces together….to try to understand and make sense of everything and to decide what to do with the rest of our lives.

All of a sudden an unexpected stranger walks up from behind and joins us.  He asks,

Why are you so sad and what are you discussing?”

I find these two questions odd in the light of the excitement and well-known events of the weekend. Slightly agitated and amazed Cleopas speaks before I can open my mouth and he answers the question with a question.  He throws in some sarcasm  for good measure.

Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem that does not know the things which happened there this last few days?”

 I am even more amazed when the stranger asks,

What things?”

In disbelief, we began to explain to the stranger the events of the weekend.  Reviewing everything does not help my disappointment and we rush through them as a courtesy to the stranger.

“These things concern Jesus of Nazareth who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people .  The chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.  But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.  Indeed, besides all this today is the third day since these things happened.  Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.  Then they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

Then the stranger calls Cleopas and me “foolish ones” and that we are “slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken”  This is certainly not so! I have always believed the prophets.  I have come from a family who believes in the Tanakh (Old Testament) and I have read it often.  The prophets said, that the Messiah would come and deliver Israel from its enemies.  But the stranger began to recite the writings of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy) and all the Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Malachi, etc)  of the Tanakh and explain things I had missed in my readings.

The stranger clearly points out passages that were references to Jesus.  For the next 3 hours, I am amazed at the knowledge and clarity of the stranger’s words.  As I listened to the stranger recite our ancient books, I begin to see that it was necessary for Jesus to die for the sins of the world, but that He would be raised up the third day!  How had I missed that?  Why had we not believed Jesus when He said it was necessary for Him to die and that he would rise again?  It was like I had been reading the scripture the way I wanted it to read instead of letting it talk to me!  Indeed, we felt foolish, but encouraged by the words of the stranger.  My heart burned within me!  I wanted to hear more!  This was all exciting and new to me!

As we get near the village where we plan to rest, it is almost dark. I don’t want the stranger to go and I look for excuses for Him to stay the night so we can hear more. Thankfully, He agrees to have supper with us.  As He breaks the bread, I recognize those hands and the manner in which He breaks it!  I finally look across the table into his eyes about the same time as Cleopas.  It is Jesus!  As soon as we recognize him, He disappears!  We had been talking to Jesus the whole time and we didn’t recognize Him!

With intense excitement and joy, Cleopas and I jump up and run the 8 miles back to Jerusalem in the dark!   We must tell the 11 who were behind closed doors who share our confusion and disappointment.  When we arrive,  we find them huddled in a group in fear and disappointment.  Out of breath, we begin to tell them what had happened over the last several hours.  As we are telling them, Jesus appears in the room!

Everyone jumps back.  They think they are seeing a spirit, but Jesus tells them it is Him and that He is not a spirit. To prove it, He invites them to touch Him and He asks for something to eat.  They give Him some  fish and some honeycomb.  After everyone settles down and the scales of their eyes begin to fall away, Jesus repeats  the same type of study Cleopas and I heard on the road to Emmaus.  This time, He uses the entire Tanakh including the Psalms to explain how He is found all through scripture. All the disciples begin to understand that He had to die, but that He would rise on the third day.  How could we have missed this?  It was right there!

Then He said to us,

These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you.  that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.  And He opened our understanding that we might comprehend the Scriptures.”

Do we need  Jesus to open our understanding of Scriptures?  Have we missed Jesus as we have read the Old Testament?  What did Jesus teach these two disciples when He explained passages from all the books of the Old Testament?  Is the Old Testament not relevant to New Testament Christians?  Have we missed something in our understanding of Jesus?  What does the entire Bible  teach about Him?

 Next, we will take a look at Jesus through the eyes of one who is a well-known doubter Thomas and attempt to understand why the resurrection of Jesus is an absolute cornerstone of the Christian faith. In fact, without it, Paul says we are most pitiful of all men. But, after we see through the eyes of Thomas we will exclaim as he did:

“My Lord and My God.”  John 20:28 

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ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

What is the possibility on one man fulfilling only eight of the Old Testament prophecies?

It is 1 x 1028 or 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Given this and the time span between the writings of the Old Testament and the fulfillment by Christ in the New Testament, the prophecies were either given to the prophets by God, or the prophets just wrote them down as they thought they should be. With Christ fulfilling all eight prophecies, what are the odds the prophets were just guessing?

“Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me”

Psalm 40:7.

“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”

Revelation 19:10.

“…all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me”

Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44.

“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.”

Jesus Christ, John 5:46.

“To Him give all the prophets witness”

Acts 10:43.

353 Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Christ!

Prophecy

Fulfillment

1. Gen. 3:15 Seed of a woman (virgin birth) Galatians 4:4-5, Matthew 1:18
2. Gen. 3:15 He will bruise Satan’s head Hebrews 2:14, 1John 3:8
3. Gen. 3:15 Christ’s heel would be bruised with nails on the cross Matthew 27:35, Luke 24:39-40
4. Gen. 5:24 The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated Mark 16:19
5. Gen. 9:26, 27 The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem Luke 3:36
6. Gen. 12:3 Seed of Abraham will bless all nations Galatians 3:8, Acts 3:25, 26
7. Gen. 12:7 The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed Galatians 3:16
8. Gen. 14:18 A priest after the order of Melchizedek Hebrews 6:20
9. Gen. 14:18 King of Peace and Righteousness Hebrews 7:2
10. Gen. 14:18 The Last Supper foreshadowed Matthew 26:26-29
11. Gen. 17:19 Seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12) Romans 9:7
12. Gen. 22:8 The Lamb of God promised John 1:29
13. Gen. 22:18 As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations Galatians 3:16
14. Gen. 26:2-5 The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer Hebrews 11:18
15. Gen. 28:12 The Bridge to heaven John 1:51
16. Gen. 28:14 The Seed of Jacob Luke 3:34
17. Gen. 49:10 The time of His coming Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
18. Gen. 49:10 The Seed of Judah Luke 3:33
19. Gen. 49:10 Called Shiloh or One Sent John 17:3
20. Gen. 49:10 Messiah to come before Judah lost identity John 11:47-52
21. Gen. 49:10 Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be John 10:16
22. Ex. 3:13-15 The Great “I AM” John 4:26, 8:58
23. Ex. 12:5 A Lamb without blemish Hebrews 9:14; 1Peter 1:19
24. Ex. 12:13 The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath Romans 5:8
25. Ex. 12:21-27 Christ is our Passover 1Corinthians 5:7
26. Ex. 12:46 Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken John 19:31-36
27. Ex. 15:2 His exaltation predicted as Yeshua Acts 7:55, 56
28. Ex. 15:11 His Character-Holiness Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
29. Ex. 17:6 The Spiritual Rock of Israel 1Corinthians 10:4
30. Ex. 33:19 His Character-Merciful Luke 1:72
31. Lev. 1:2-9 His sacrifice a sweet smelling savor unto God Ephesians 5:2
32. Lev. 14:11 The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
33. Lev. 16:15-17 Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death Hebrews 9:7-14
34. Lev. 16:27 Suffering outside the Camp Matthew 27:33; Heb. 13:11, 12
35. Lev. 17:11 The Blood-the life of the flesh Matthew 26:28; Mark 10:45
36. Lev. 17:11 It is the blood that makes atonement Rom. 3:23-24; 1John 1:7
37. Lev. 23:36-37 The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst” John 7:37
38. Num. 9:12 Not a bone of Him broken John 19:31-36
39. Num. 21:9 The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up John 3:14-18, 12:32
40. Num. 24:17 Time: “I shall see him, but not now.” John 1:14; Galatians 4:4
41. Deut. 18:15 “This is of a truth that prophet.” John 6:14
42. Deut. 18:15-16 “Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.” John 5:45-47
43. Deut. 18:18 Sent by the Father to speak His word John 8:28, 29
44. Deut. 18:19 Whoever will not hear must bear his sin Acts 3:22-23
45. Deut. 21:23 Cursed is he that hangs on a tree Galatians 3:10-13
46. Joshua 5:14-15 The Captain of our salvation Hebrews 2:10
47. Ruth 4:4-10 Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us Ephesians 1:3-7
48. 1 Sam. 2:35 A Faithful Priest Heb. 2:17, 3:1-3, 6, 7:24-25
49. 1 Sam. 2:10 Shall be an anointed King to the Lord Mt. 28:18, John 12:15
50. 2 Sam. 7:12 David’s Seed Matthew 1:1
51. 2 Sam. 7:13 His Kingdom is everlasting 2Peter 1:11
52. 2 Sam. 7:14a The Son of God Luke 1:32, Romans 1:3-4
53. 2 Sam. 7:16 David’s house established forever Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16
54. 2 Ki. 2:11 The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated Luke 24:51
55. 1 Chr. 17:11 David’s Seed Matthew 1:1, 9:27
56. 1 Chr. 17:12-13 To reign on David’s throne forever Luke 1:32, 33
57. 1 Chr. 17:13 “I will be His Father, He…my Son.” Hebrews 1:5
58. Job 9:32-33 Mediator between man and God 1 Timothy 2:5
59. Job 19:23-27 The Resurrection predicted John 5:24-29
60. Psa. 2:1-3 The enmity of kings foreordained Acts 4:25-28
61. Psa. 2:2 To own the title, Anointed (Christ) John 1:41, Acts 2:36
62. Psa. 2:6 His Character-Holiness John 8:46; Revelation 3:7
63. Psa. 2:6 To own the title King Matthew 2:2
64. Psa. 2:7 Declared the Beloved Son Matthew 3:17, Romans 1:4
65. Psa. 2:7, 8 The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated Acts 13:29-33
66. Psa. 2:8, 9 Rule the nations with a rod of iron Rev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15
67. Psa. 2:12 Life comes through faith in Him John 20:31
68. Psa. 8:2 The mouths of babes perfect His praise Matthew 21:16
69. Psa. 8:5, 6 His humiliation and exaltation Hebrews 2:5-9
70. Psa. 9:7-10 Judge the world in righteousness Acts 17:31
71. Psa. 16:10 Was not to see corruption Acts 2:31, 13:35
72. Psa. 16:9-11 Was to arise from the dead John 20:9
73. Psa. 17:15 The resurrection predicted Luke 24:6
74. Psa. 18:2-3 The horn of salvation Luke 1:69-71
75. Psa. 22:1 Forsaken because of sins of others 2 Corinthians 5:21
76. Psa. 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
77. Psa. 22:2 Darkness upon Calvary for three hours Matthew 27:45
78. Psa. 22:7 They shoot out the lip and shake the head Matthew 27:39-44
79. Psa. 22:8 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him” Matthew 27:43
80. Psa. 22:9-10 Born the Saviour Luke 2:7
81. Psa. 22:12-13 They seek His death John 19:6
82. Psa. 22:14 His blood poured out when they pierced His side John 19:34
83. Psa. 22:14, 15 Suffered agony on Calvary Mark 15:34-37
84. Psa. 22:15 He thirsted John 19:28
85. Psa. 22:16 They pierced His hands and His feet John 19:34, 37; 20:27
86. Psa. 22:17, 18 Stripped Him before the stares of men Luke 23:34, 35
87. Psa. 22:18 They parted His garments John 19:23, 24
88. Psa. 22:20, 21 He committed Himself to God Luke 23:46
89. Psa. 22:20, 21 Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel Hebrews 2:14
90. Psa. 22:22 His Resurrection declared John 20:17
91. Psa. 22:27-28 He shall be the governor of the nations Colossians 1:16
92. Psa. 22:31 “It is finished” John 19:30, Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 18
93. Psa. 23:1 “I am the Good Shepherd” John 10:11, 1Peter 2:25
94. Psa. 24:3 His exaltation predicted Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9
95. Psa. 30:3 His resurrection predicted Acts 2:32
96. Psa. 31:5 “Into thy hands I commit my spirit” Luke 23:46
97. Psa. 31:11 His acquaintances fled from Him Mark 14:50
98. Psa. 31:13 They took counsel to put Him to death Mt. 27:1, John 11:53
99. Psa. 31:14, 15 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him” Matthew 27:43
100. Psa. 34:20 Not a bone of Him broken John 19:31-36
101. Psa. 35:11 False witnesses rose up against Him Matthew 26:59
102. Psa. 35:19 He was hated without a cause John 15:25
103. Psa. 38:11 His friends stood afar off Luke 23:49
104. Psa. 38:12 Enemies try to entangle Him by craft Mark 14:1, Mt. 22:15
105. Psa. 38:12-13 Silent before His accusers Matthew 27:12-14
106. Psa. 38:20 He went about doing good Acts 10:38
107. Psa. 40:2-5 The joy of His resurrection predicted John 20:20
108. Psa. 40:6-8 His delight-the will of the Father John 4:34, Heb. 10:5-10
109. Psa. 40:9 He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel Matthew 4:17
110. Psa. 40:14 Confronted by adversaries in the Garden John 18:4-6
111. Psa. 41:9 Betrayed by a familiar friend John 13:18
112. Psa. 45:2 Words of Grace come from His lips John 1:17, Luke 4:22
113. Psa. 45:6 To own the title, God or Elohim Hebrews 1:8
114. Psa. 45:7 A special anointing by the Holy Spirit Mt. 3:16; Heb. 1:9
115. Psa. 45:7, 8 Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed) Luke 2:11
116. Psa. 45:17 His name remembered forever Ephesians 1:20-21, Heb. 1:8
117. Psa. 55:12-14 Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy John 13:18
118. Psa. 55:15 Unrepentant death of the Betrayer Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
119. Psa. 68:18 To give gifts to men Ephesians 4:7-16
120. Psa. 68:18 Ascended into Heaven Luke 24:51
121. Psa. 69:4 Hated without a cause John 15:25
122. Psa. 69:8 A stranger to own brethren John 1:11, 7:5
123. Psa. 69:9 Zealous for the Lord’s House John 2:17
124. Psa. 69:14-20 Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion Matthew 26:36-45
125. Psa. 69:20 “My soul is exceeding sorrowful.” Matthew 26:38
126. Psa. 69:21 Given vinegar in thirst Matthew 27:34
127. Psa. 69:26 The Saviour given and smitten by God John 17:4; 18:11
128. Psa. 72:10, 11 Great persons were to visit Him Matthew 2:1-11
129. Psa. 72:16 The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground John 12:24-25
130. Psa. 72:17 Belief on His name will produce offspring John 1:12, 13
131. Psa. 72:17 All nations shall be blessed by Him Galatians 3:8
132. Psa. 72:17 All nations shall call Him blessed John 12:13, Rev. 5:8-12
133. Psa. 78:1-2 He would teach in parables Matthew 13:34-35
134. Psa. 78:2b To speak the Wisdom of God with authority Matthew 7:29
135. Psa. 80:17 The Man of God’s right hand Mark 14:61-62
136. Psa. 88 The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary Matthew 27:26-50
137. Psa. 88:8 They stood afar off and watched Luke 23:49
138. Psa. 89:27 Firstborn Colossians 1:15, 18
139. Psa. 89:27 Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings Luke 1:32, 33
140. Psa. 89:35-37 David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever Luke 1:32, 33
141. Psa. 89:36-37 His character-Faithfulness Revelation 1:5, 19:11
142. Psa. 90:2 He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2) John 1:1
143. Psa. 91:11, 12 Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ Luke 4:10, 11
144. Psa. 97:9 His exaltation predicted Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:20
145. Psa. 100:5 His character-Goodness Matthew 19:16, 17
146. Psa. 102:1-11 The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary John 19:16-30
147. Psa. 102:25-27 Messiah is the Preexistent Son Hebrews 1:10-12
148. Psa. 109:25 Ridiculed Matthew 27:39
149. Psa. 110:1 Son of David Matthew 22:42-43
150. Psa. 110:1 To ascend to the right-hand of the Father Mark 16:19
151. Psa. 110:1 David’s son called Lord Matthew 22:44, 45
152. Psa. 110:4 A priest after Melchizedek’s order Hebrews 6:20
153. Psa. 112:4 His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al Matthew 9:36
154. Psa. 118:17, 18 Messiah’s Resurrection assured Luke 24:5-7; 1Cor. 15:20
155. Psa. 118:22, 23 The rejected stone is Head of the corner Matthew 21:42, 43
156. Psa. 118:26a The Blessed One presented to Israel Matthew 21:9
157. Psa. 118:26b To come while Temple standing Matthew 21:12-15
158. Psa. 132:11 The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body) Luke 1:32, Act 2:30
159. Psa. 129:3 He was scourged Matthew 27:26
160. Psa. 138:1-6 The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings Matthew 2:2-6
161. Psa. 147:3, 6 The earthly ministry of Christ described Luke 4:18
162. Prov. 1:23 He will send the Spirit of God John 16:7
163. Prov. 8:23 Foreordained from everlasting Rev. 13:8, 1Peter 1:19-20
164. Song. 5:16 The altogether lovely One John 1:17
165. Isa. 2:3 He shall teach all nations John 4:25
166. Isa. 2:4 He shall judge among the nations John 5:22
167. Isa. 6:1 When Isaiah saw His glory John 12:40-41
168. Isa. 6:8 The One Sent by God John 12:38-45
169. Isa. 6:9-10 Parables fall on deaf ears Matthew 13:13-15
170. Isa. 6:9-12 Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words Acts 28:23-29
171. Isa. 7:14 To be born of a virgin Luke 1:35
172. Isa. 7:14 To be Emmanuel-God with us Matthew 1:18-23, 1Tim. 3:16
173. Isa. 8:8 Called Emmanuel Matthew 28:20
174. Isa. 8:14 A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense 1Peter 2:8
175. Isa. 9:1, 2 His ministry to begin in Galilee Matthew 4:12-17
176. Isa. 9:6 A child born-Humanity Luke 1:31
177. Isa. 9:6 A Son given-Deity Luke 1:32, John 1:14, 1Tim. 3:16
178. Isa. 9:6 Declared to be the Son of God with power Romans 1:3, 4
179. Isa. 9:6 The Wonderful One, Peleh Luke 4:22
180. Isa. 9:6 The Counsellor, Yaatz Matthew 13:54
181. Isa. 9:6 The Mighty God, El Gibor 1Cor. 1:24, Titus 2:3
182. Isa. 9:6 The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth John 8:58, 10:30
183. Isa. 9:6 The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom John 16:33
184. Isa. 9:7 To establish an everlasting kingdom Luke 1:32-33
185. Isa. 9:7 His Character-Just John 5:30
186. Isa. 9:7 No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace Luke 1:32-33
187. Isa. 11:1 Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer Matthew 2:23
188. Isa. 11:1 A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse Luke 3:23, 32
189. Isa. 11:2 Anointed One by the Spirit Matthew 3:16, 17, Acts 10:38
190. Isa. 11:2 His Character-Wisdom, Knowledge, et al Colossians 2:3
191. Isa. 11:3 He would know their thoughts Luke 6:8, John 2:25
192. Isa. 11:4 Judge in righteousness Acts 17:31
193. Isa. 11:4 Judges with the sword of His mouth Rev. 2:16, 19:11, 15
194. Isa. 11:5 Character: Righteous & Faithful Rev. 19:11
195. Isa. 11:10 The Gentiles seek Him John 12:18-21
196. Isa. 12:2 Called Jesus-Yeshua Matthew 1:21
197. Isa. 22:22 The One given all authority to govern Revelation 3:7
198. Isa. 25:8 The Resurrection predicted 1Corinthians 15:54
199. Isa. 26:19 His power of Resurrection predicted Matthew 27:50-54
200. Isa. 28:16 The Messiah is the precious corner stone Acts 4:11, 12
201. Isa. 28:16 The Sure Foundation 1Corinthians 3:11, Mt. 16:18
202. Isa. 29:13 He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word Matthew 15:7-9
203. Isa. 29:14 The wise are confounded by the Word 1Corinthians 1:18-31
204. Isa. 32:2 A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place Matthew 23:37
205. Isa. 35:4 He will come and save you Matthew 1:21
206. Isa. 35:5-6 To have a ministry of miracles Matthew 11:2-6
207. Isa. 40:3, 4 Preceded by forerunner John 1:23
208. Isa. 40:9 “Behold your God.” John 1:36; 19:14
209. Isa. 40:10. He will come to reward Revelation 22:12
210. Isa. 40:11 A shepherd-compassionate life-giver John 10:10-18
2101. Isa. 42:1-4 The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer Matthew 12:18-21
212. Isa. 42:2 Meek and lowly Matthew 11:28-30
213. Isa. 42:3 He brings hope for the hopeless John 4
214. Isa. 42:4 The nations shall wait on His teachings John 12:20-26
215. Isa. 42:6 The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles Luke 2:32
216. Isa. 42:1, 6 His is a worldwide compassion Matthew 28:19, 20
217. Isa. 42:7 Blind eyes opened. John 9:25-38
218. Isa. 43:11 He is the only Saviour. Acts 4:12
219. Isa. 44:3 He will send the Spirit of God John 16:7, 13
220. Isa. 45:21-25 He is Lord and Saviour Philippians 3:20, Titus 2:13
221. Isa. 45:23 He will be the Judge John 5:22; Romans 14:11
222. Isa. 46:9, 10 Declares things not yet done John 13:19
223. Isa. 48:12 The First and the Last John 1:30, Revelation 1:8, 17
224. Isa. 48:16, 17 He came as a Teacher John 3:2
225. Isa. 49:1 Called from the womb-His humanity Matthew 1:18
226. Isa. 49:5 A Servant from the womb. Luke 1:31, Philippians 2:7
227. Isa. 49:6 He will restore Israel Acts 3:19-21, 15:16-17
228. Isa. 49:6 He is Salvation for Israel Luke 2:29-32
229. Isa. 49:6 He is the Light of the Gentiles John 8:12, Acts 13:47
230. Isa. 49:6 He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth Acts 15:7-18
231. Isa. 49:7 He is despised of the Nation John 1:11, 8:48-49, 19:14-15
232. Isa. 50:3 Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation Luke 23:44, 45
233. Isa. 50:4 He is a learned counselor for the weary Matthew 7:29, 11:28, 29
234. Isa. 50:5 The Servant bound willingly to obedience Matthew 26:39
235. Isa. 50:6a “I gave my back to the smiters.” Matthew 27:26
236. Isa. 50:6b He was smitten on the cheeks Matthew 26:67
237. Isa. 50:6c He was spat upon Matthew 27:30
238. Isa. 52:7 Published good tidings upon mountains Matthew 5:12,15:29,28:16
239. Isa. 52:13 The Servant exalted Acts 1:8-11; Eph. 1:19-22, Php. 2:5-9
240. Isa. 52:14 The Servant shockingly abused Luke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68
241. Isa. 52:15 Nations startled by message of the Servant Luke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68
242. Isa. 52:15 His blood shed sprinkles nations Hebrews 9:13-14, Rev. 1:5
243. Isa. 53:1 His people would not believe Him John 12:37-38
244. Isa. 53:2 Appearance of an ordinary man Philippians 2:6-8
245. Isa. 53:3a Despised Luke 4:28-29
246. Isa. 53:3b Rejected Matthew 27:21-23
247. Isa. 53:3c Great sorrow and grief Matthew 26:37-38, Luke 19:41, Heb. 4:15
248. Isa. 53:3d Men hide from being associated with Him Mark 14:50-52
249. Isa. 53:4a He would have a healing ministry Matthew 8:16-17
250. Isa. 53:4b Thought to be cursed by God Matthew 26:66, 27:41-43
251. Isa. 53:5a Bears penalty for mankind’s iniquities 2Cor. 5:21, Heb. 2:9
252. Isa. 53:5b His sacrifice provides peace between man and God Colossians 1:20
253. Isa. 53:5c His sacrifice would heal man of sin 1Peter 2:24
254. Isa. 53:6a He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind 1John 2:2, 4:10
255. Isa. 53:6b God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind Galatians 1:4
256. Isa. 53:7a Oppressed and afflicted Matthew 27:27-31
257. Isa. 53:7b Silent before his accusers Matthew 27:12-14
258. Isa. 53:7c Sacrificial lamb John 1:29, 1Peter 1:18-19
259. Isa. 53:8a Confined and persecuted Matthew 26:47-27:31
260. Isa. 53:8b He would be judged John 18:13-22
261. Isa. 53:8c Killed Matthew 27:35
262. Isa. 53:8d Dies for the sins of the world 1John 2:2
263. Isa. 53:9a Buried in a rich man’s grave Matthew 27:57
264. Isa. 53:9b Innocent and had done no violence Luke 23:41, John 18:38
265. Isa. 53:9c No deceit in his mouth 1Peter 2:22
266. Isa. 53:10a God’s will that He die for mankind John 18:11
267. Isa. 53:10b An offering for sin Matthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13
268. Isa. 53:10c Resurrected and live forever Romans 6:9
269. Isa. 53:10d He would prosper John 17:1-5
270. Isa. 53:11a God fully satisfied with His suffering John 12:27
271. Isa. 53:11b God’s servant would justify man Romans 5:8-9, 18-19
272. Isa. 53:11c The sin-bearer for all mankind Hebrews 9:28
273. Isa. 53:12a Exalted by God because of his sacrifice Matthew 28:18
274. Isa. 53:12b He would give up his life to save mankind Luke 23:46
275. Isa. 53:12c Numbered with the transgressors Mark 15:27-28
276. Isa. 53:12d Sin-bearer for all mankind 1Peter 2:24
277. Isa. 53:12e Intercede to God in behalf of mankind Luke 23:34, Rom. 8:34
278. Isa. 55:3 Resurrected by God Acts 13:34
279. Isa. 55:4a A witness John 18:37
280. Isa. 55:4b He is a leader and commander Hebrews 2:10
281. Isa. 55:5 God would glorify Him Acts 3:13
282. Isa. 59:16a Intercessor between man and God Matthew 10:32
283. Isa. 59:16b He would come to provide salvation John 6:40
284. Isa. 59:20 He would come to Zion as their Redeemer Luke 2:38
285. Isa. 60:1-3 He would shew light to the Gentiles Acts 26:23
286. Isa. 61:1a The Spirit of God upon him Matthew 3:16-17
287. Isa. 61:1b The Messiah would preach the good news Luke 4:16-21
288. Isa. 61:1c Provide freedom from the bondage of sin John 8:31-36
289. Isa. 61:1-2a Proclaim a period of grace Galatians 4:4-5
290. Jer. 23:5-6 Descendant of David Luke 3:23-31
291. Jer. 23:5-6 The Messiah would be both God and Man John 13:13, 1Ti 3:16
292. Jer. 31:22 Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-20
293. Jer. 31:31 The Messiah would be the new covenant Matthew 26:28
294. Jer. 33:14-15 Descendant of David Luke 3:23-31
295. Eze.34:23-24 Descendant of David Matthew 1:1
296. Eze.37:24-25 Descendant of David Luke 1:31-33
297. Dan. 2:44-45 The Stone that shall break the kingdoms Matthew 21:44
298. Dan. 7:13-14a He would ascend into heaven Acts 1:9-11
299. Dan. 7:13-14b Highly exalted Ephesians 1:20-22
300. Dan. 7:13-14c His dominion would be everlasting Luke 1:31-33
301. Dan. 9:24a To make an end to sins Galatians 1:3-5
302. Dan. 9:24a To make reconciliation for iniquity Romans 5:10, 2Cor. 5:18-21
303. Dan. 9:24b He would be holy Luke 1:35
304. Dan. 9:25 His announcement John 12:12-13
305. Dan. 9:26a Cut off Matthew 16:21, 21:38-39
306. Dan. 9:26b Die for the sins of the world Hebrews 2:9
307. Dan. 9:26c Killed before the destruction of the temple Matthew 27:50-51
308. Dan. 10:5-6 Messiah in a glorified state Revelation 1:13-16
309. Hos. 11:1 He would be called out of Egypt Matthew 2:15
310. Hos. 13:14 He would defeat death 1Corinthians 15:55-57
311. Joel 2:32 Offer salvation to all mankind Romans 10:9-13
312. Jonah 1:17 Death and resurrection of Christ Matthew 12:40, 16:4
313. Mic. 5:2a Born in Bethlehem Matthew 2:1-6
314. Mic. 5:2b Ruler in Israel Luke 1:33
315. Mic. 5:2c From everlasting John 8:58
316. Hag. 2:6-9 He would visit the second Temple Luke 2:27-32
317. Hag. 2:23 Descendant of Zerubbabel Luke 2:27-32
318. Zech. 3:8 God’s servant John 17:4
319. Zech. 6:12-13 Priest and King Hebrews 8:1
320. Zech. 9:9a Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem Matthew 21:8-10
321. Zech. 9:9b Beheld as King John 12:12-13
322. Zech. 9:9c The Messiah would be just John 5:30
323. Zech. 9:9d The Messiah would bring salvation Luke 19:10
324. Zech. 9:9e The Messiah would be humble Matthew 11:29
325. Zech. 9:9f Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey Matthew 21:6-9
326. Zech. 10:4 The cornerstone Ephesians 2:20
327. Zech. 11:4-6a At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders Matthew 23:1-4
328. Zech. 11:4-6b Rejection causes God to remove His protection Luke 19:41-44
329. Zech. 11:4-6c Rejected in favor of another king John 19:13-15
330. Zech. 11:7 Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant Matthew 9:35-36
331. Zech. 11:8a Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them Matthew 23:33
332. Zech. 11:8b Despised Matthew 27:20
333. Zech. 11:9 Stops ministering to those who rejected Him Matthew 13:10-11
334. Zech. 11:10-11a Rejection causes God to remove protection Luke 19:41-44
335. Zech. 11:10-11b The Messiah would be God John 14:7
336. Zech. 11:12-13a Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver Matthew 26:14-15
337. Zech. 11:12-13b Rejected Matthew 26:14-15
338. Zech. 11:12-13c Thirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the Lord Matthew 27:3-5
339. Zech. 11:12-13d The Messiah would be God John 12:45
340. Zech. 12:10a The Messiah’s body would be pierced John 19:34-37
341. Zech. 12:10b The Messiah would be both God and man John 10:30
342. Zech. 12:10c The Messiah would be rejected John 1:11
343. Zech. 13:7a God’s will He die for mankind John 18:11
344. Zech. 13:7b A violent death Mark 14:27
345. Zech. 13:7c Both God and man John 14:9
346. Zech. 13:7d Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him Matthew 26:31-56
347. Zech. 14:4 He would return to the Mt. of Olives Acts 1:11-12
348. Mal. 3:1a Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah Mark 1:1-8
349. Mal. 3:1b Sudden appearance at the temple Mark 11:15-16
350. Mal. 3:1c Messenger of the new covenant Luke 4:43
351. Mal. 3:6 The God who changes not Hebrews 13:8
352. Mal. 4:5 Forerunner in spirit of Elijah Mt. 3:1-3, 11:10-14, 17:11-13
353. Mal. 4:6 Forerunner would turn many to righteousness Luke 1:16-17

 

 

What to Do With Doubt (Part 1)

“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

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It was the walk with Jesus by someone else that inspired me.  Since age 25, I have had a walk with Jesus, but it is a non-physical spiritual walk of faith.  In my walk, I can’t see His form, His eyes, His hair, His face, nor hear His kind voice, but there were two disciples who could. Their story is recorded in the new testament for our encouragement and contemplation.  (We will look at this story in the next post.) Parts of their 3-hour conversation with Him was recorded because our Creator wants to help us in our walk of Faith.  This is not my opinion.  Jesus said it!

“…these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”  John 20:31

My questions is this: Do I have “life in His name”? Is my experience all about heaven and the hereafter or the “here-now”?  May I propose to you that if we are not having a “here-now” experience with Jesus, we won’t have a “hereafter” experience with Him either.  It all starts here!  Now!

Don’t have this?  Your journey can start now….or perhaps it has already started and you just don’t know it.  Perhaps, if you have been on your Jesus journey for many years, you don’t have the assurance that you have eternal life.

Jesus said this to Thomas when He appeared to this doubter some 8 days after Jesus’ resurrection,

“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Thomas had heard that Jesus was alive from people who would not lie to him i.e., the other disciples who had seen Him. But, Thomas wanted his own experience; not one based on the word of others. He was a doubter despite their convincing words.  So, Jesus accommodated him and appeared to him.

But, wouldn’t Thomas have an advantage over us in the faith department because he could actually see and feel the hands and side of Jesus?  Is faith built only on what you see?  No! In the verse above, it indicates our experience is blessed by believing even though we have not seen.  But, how does this work?

Are we going to be like Thomas and say,

“Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  John 20:25

Let’s be real.  It is highly unlikely that Jesus is going to appear to any of us in our bedroom and say,

“Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, and believe.

John 20:27

Our faith in Jesus comes from three main sources available to everyone:

Creation

The Bible

Other Real People (Not REALigious people)

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 Creation:

It is by observing and contemplating the beauty of life….a squirming warm new-born human, calf, puppy, or anything new to the world through the act of birth and procreation…the laughter, smile, and innocence of a small child.  (They have more of the image of God at this point than any other time)….the wisdom of a bright-eye old man who has been there before you….large mountains with a hat of ice and snow…the laughing lapping of the ocean waves against the shore at sunset…the colorful creatures swimming past you in the waters off Cozumel….the intricate detail and webbing of an opening spring flower to receive the life giving sun rays…the sound of the morning birds outside your window bursting with the praise of its Creator. It is because of the signature of God on Creation that He says we can know Him….even the “invisible” things of Him…things we can’t see!

From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse.

Romans 1:20

Do you catch that? We have no excuse to be an unbeliever.  Creation is available for all to see, touch, hear, taste.  If we open our minds and be honest and logical, we will not only know there is a Creator, but we will know some things about Him.

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The Bible

This  book is no accident.  It is not just a collection of 40 different authors separated by hundreds of years and three different continents with an agenda to deceive people.  If it had just one author, as do some religions, I would be skeptical too.

 It is in the number of different books, authors, and cultures preserved for thousands of years who agree about Jesus, which gives the basis for faith.

Have you failed to see Jesus in the Old Testament?  Has your experience been based only on the New Testament?  You are missing something…at least 39 books of the 66!  That is 59% of the story you are missing if you don’t visit the old testament! It is estimated that there are over 400 prophecies in the Old Testament about the first and second coming of Jesus.

I can say this with confidence because of the story that we will see in the next post.  Jesus himself exclaimed to his disciples this very thing when He appeared to them after His resurrection.    Once they understood that Jesus was throughout scripture, they went from fearful men hiding behind closed doors on the first day of the week, to week-long believers of Jesus willing to lay down their life for telling the truth about Jesus!

  It is a life-giving gospel of love and peace for all people unlike the hatred and control of other religions we are seeing modern times.

It is difficult if not impossible to ignore the word of God during the week and snack on it occasionally and be a solid believer in Jesus.  It was written that we might believe Jesus.  That Bible given to you by your grandmother with its 66 books is all about Him! Yes, that means Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy…you name it.  Here is how I know.

Jesus gave a Bible study to two disciples who had just witnessed his death a few days earlier.  They were walking away from the massive head wound of discouragement.  Their faith was near death. It was at the pinnacle of their hurt that Jesus showed up and encouraged them.  They went from the depths of doubt, despair, and unbelief to their “hearts burning” within them. As I mentioned, we will look at this next time.

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The Experience of other real people (Not REALigious)

It was the experience of these two men that inspired men and continues even to this day.  In my life I have seen some miraculous working of God in people’s lives.  I have seen atheists turned into believer in Jesus (I am one of them).  It is their testimony that is powerful in the dispelling of doubt.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony

Revelation 12:11

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When I was younger, a friend and I received an invitation to give Bible studies to the mother and daughter of a young African-American man who gave up a life of a professional fighter to follow Jesus.  He wanted his family to know Jesus. This is a powerful story in itself, but I will save it for another time.

On a frosty night in Nashville, Tennessee, I met with my friend to give the first of the Bible studies.  We walked into the very poor apartment complex of west Nashville wearing our ties and suits (We had just come from work that required us to dress this way.).  We carried our Bibles also.  Needless to say, we stuck out in our appearance.

As we passed by a group of young men warming themselves by a dumpster recently set ablaze, one of them asked, “Where are you going?”  We we told him, “To give a Bible study.”  The words came out of my fear lumped throat, “Come join us!”  We had reason to fear because one of them said, “I have a gun.”

One of them showed up as a massive shadow in the door way to the poor apartment!  He sat down quietly and with a threat in his eyes. The massive shadow said nothing when he arrived and nothing when he left, but you could see trouble in his face and the way he carried himself.

As I gave the study about the life of Jesus, the rats scampered about…even under my feet!  We never again saw the young man at the studies.

Several months later, I sat in church waiting for the service to begin when my friend came up to me and invited me to the vestibule to see something he said I was not going to believe.

I got up respectfully and walked to the back and through the doors.  Standing before me was the massive shadow who we had seen by the burning dumpster.  His eyes said it all.  I walked up to him and said, “You have Jesus in your life!”  You could see in his eyes and face the transformation from a troubled soul to a man of peace because of his Savior who had been welcomed into this man’s life.

 Somehow, our little time together on that frosty night led him to search for Jesus and he found him. His experience reminded of two great truths.  God’s word, will never return to void and if someone searches for Jesus, they will find him.

“My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow.It will not come back to me without results.  It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do.”

Isaiah 55:11

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

Next time, we will look at the walk with Jesus by the two disciples and how it came help us with doubt in our life, but more important how it can help us on our Jesus journey.

Blessings my friends.