A post from several years ago about believing in Christ
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
As I wrestled with this text again today to try to learn more of what it means to leave Jesus’ footprints I am somewhat perplexed by Him employing the verb “believe”. A belief is an adherence to something that is not easily proven. Would it not be better if Jesus had said, “He who knows Me will live”? Because if you know something, there is a certainty that it has happened and is a proven fact.
For instance, I believe that my beloved OU Sooners will beat the Texas Longhorns in football this coming October. However, I know that OU recently beat UT five years in a row. Neither team has even started practicing for the upcoming season so there are many many variables to take into account before this years game is even played. My belief in the outcome of this year’s game is not based in any fact, mostly it is based on me liking OU more than UT, and simply wanting them to win the game. There is a comfort provided by knowing something as fact that for the most part does not come with belief that something might happen. Let’s say that in the first game of the season OU wins big, while UT loses the game and several key players to season ending injuries, and then OU wins each game before the game withTexas, while UT remains winless. My belief that OU would win that particular game would grow even more. Why? Because it would have corroborating evidence to support it. Let’s take it a step further and say for whatever reason the game was not able to be played at all this year. My belief in the victorious outcome for OU would never be able to be proven.
As followers of Christ in the twenty-first century I think our belief in Christ is much like this belief about the OU/UT game that is never played. We live in a culture and time where being able to prove things scientifically and thus present them as fact is the ultimate trump card. Until Jesus comes back we are not going to be able to prove any of our beliefs about Him through the scientific method. We just have to place our belief in our faith in Him.
Today I encourage you to stay strong in your belief. Do not lose hope; rather hold tight to Him and in doing so leave His footprints.