Lord, I Believe

As we approach the Christmas season our thoughts turn to Jesus Christ leaving heaven and coming to earth. Matthew and Luke picture Him as a baby. Mark in his gospel presents Him as an adult, skipping His birth and early years. In John’s gospel, He is presented as “God Incarnate.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us . . .” (John 1:1 & 14) 

Because Jesus Christ is God’s revelation of Himself, He has a very special name, “The Word of Life.” (I John 1:1) Why does Jesus Christ have this name? Warren Wiersbe states, “He is to us what our words are to others. Our words reveal to others just what we think and how we feel. Christ reveals to us the mind and heart of God. He is the living means of communication between God and men. To know Jesus Christ is to know God.” 

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days He has spoken to us through His Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2 NTL) 

“The One Who existed from the beginning is the One we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of Life.” (I John 1:1 NTL) 

You may think today, “What a joy it would be to have been able to experience what John and other apostles experienced, to see, touch, speak, and walk with Christ Jesus. The prophets of old whom the Lord used to deliver the message about Him never saw Him. Even though you cannot see Him today you can still believe in Him and love Him. The apostle Peter wrote, “And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” (I Peter 1:8) 

You do not have to see someone to love that person. There is a TV commercial of a mother who is blind doing her house work in one scene. In the next scene you see her on the front porch with arms out-stretched welcoming home her small child from school as the child runs up and puts her arms around her loving mother. Though she can’t see the child, she loves her. You do not have to be able to see someone to believe in him or her. As believers today we have never seen a physical manifestation of Christ Jesus, but we can believe in Him and love Him just the same. “

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’ A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘put your finger here, see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘

Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” 

Prayer: Our Father, we are so grateful for the truth of Your Word that teaches us about Christ Jesus. Thank You for the privilege of knowing You through faith in Him. In His name we pray. Amen.