Struggling to believe? Hear His words, then open the door | Worship
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for this column in which I challenged you on your faith. I asked that if you were struggling to believe who Jesus Christ is, the Son of God and the only way to salvation, then go to God and ask Him to make Jesus real to you.
How’d that go for you? Did you do it?
For most of us, myself included, when we are confronted with difficult situations and experiences, our tendency is to focus on the problem and not from where our help comes. We can’t see the forest for the trees.
God is much bigger than what we know from this side of heaven. Large problems or small, God cares about you and He is for you. But for us, seeing is believing. If we can’t see God, we have a difficult time believing in God.
Did you know that even John the Baptist questioned Christ? John certainly knew Jesus. The Bible says their mothers were related. It also says that John met Jesus when John was baptizing people in the Jordan River.
Jesus came to be baptized, as well, to “fulfill all righteousness.” John saw the Holy Spirit descend on Christ, just as it was prophesied. Seeing is believing!
But, guess what? Sometime later, when John was in prison, he heard about what Jesus was doing. He sent a messenger to ask, “Are you the One, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:3)
“Are you the One?” Isn’t that the same question we have for Jesus? Is He really the only one we need to believe in, or should we be looking for someone else?
What Jesus said to John’s messenger is this: “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”
Boom; “hear and see”… Jesus nails it. He gets right to the heart of our struggle. Hearing and seeing are two important senses that God understands we rely on.
Our God is not an unfeeling, rule-making, discipline-demanding ruler who sits on a throne waiting for us to fail. He knows our frame; He knows we can’t live the life we should or desire on our own. He came to us! He meets us where we are.
Are you struggling to believe that Jesus Christ came for you? Hear His words to your heart: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20). Present tense. Christ is speaking to you today; the Holy Spirit confirms this truth to your heart.
Whatever problem is burying you, whatever situation overwhelms you, whatever wrong you’ve committed, go ahead and ask Jesus, “Are you the One?” Then open the door and allow Him to love you and minister healing – to your heart, to your body, to your soul.
Don Saul is the senior pastor of Jericho Bridge Church. The non-denominational church meets at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave. in Mukilteo. For more information, visit www.jerichobridge.org.