Years ago I became a Christian at the age of 6 and though I was young I had a good understanding of who Jesus Christ was, why He came, and what He did for me. The story is long but I will keep it simple and to the point. Simply put both my parents were non-Christians when they married and when I was born, but they became followers of Jesus Christ when I was 3 years of age. In 1977 my parents were talking about one day going to be with God when they leave this world, and I wanted to go as well. My parents said they could not get me there, that it had to be something on my own putting my trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and accept His gift of eternal life.
Of course at 6 years of age I did not understand all of what this meant nor do I claim to have it all figured out many years later, but I did understood the simple message of accepting Jesus’ death and resurrection for my sin and trusting in Him. (the gospel message) Over the years I have had many trials, growth, temptations, short comings, victories, and I am thankful for knowing God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
In the early 1990′s I started studying the Bible more and more, and growing in knowledge and faith. I examined why Jesus Christ was the Savior, Messiah, Son of God, and why His death and resurrection were so important to the Christian faith. In the Christian faith the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of His message and the New Testament. Simply put, if Jesus Christ was not crucified and resurrected from the dead then the gospel message is useless, vain, and false! (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)
3 Important Reasons Why I believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
My first reason is the fact that Jesus fulfilled Bible prophecies concerning the Suffering Messiah (the Christ) that were written in the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Scriptures. (Tanakh) We read the following concerning Jesus: “44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 “You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:44-48 New American Standard Bible)
Below are a few examples concerning Jesus’ coming, His death and resurrection, and the evidence of Him being the Savior-Messiah to come.
- The Law of Moses
“I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18 New American Standard Bible)
“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (John 1:45 New American Standard Bible)
- Prophet Isaiah
“5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him…10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:5-6 & Isaiah 53:10-11 New American Standard Bible)
24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25 New American Stand Bible)
- In the Psalms
“10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. 11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalms 16:10-11 New American Standard Bible)
“27 BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY. 28 `YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.’ 29 “Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 “And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE, 31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY. 32 “This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.” (Acts 2:27-32 New American Standard Bible)
The second reason is that the Christian faith is not blind faith, but faith established through history with real people, events, facts, and witnesses. Many people think that Christianity is built upon myths, fairy tales, and fictional stories, but those things are false. The Bible is a collection of books (66) written from over 40 different authors, written from 3 different continents, and written over a time span of 1500 years. (more information about the Bible click here)
One of the most amazing evidences of the Christian faith is that it is built upon real witnesses who knew Jesus personally! People like John, Peter, Paul, and many others who experienced Jesus Christ personally.
“1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life– 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us– 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.” (1 John 1:1-4 New American Standard Bible)
“16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”– 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.” (2 Peter 1:16-18 New American Standard Bible)
“3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-9 New American Standard Bible)
My third reason is my testimony. For some people facts don’t mean anything, nor does history, but being able to see something lived genuinely. I have had many ups and downs in my life, and many life challenges, but I know that I could not have made it without knowing and having Jesus in my life.
When I became a Christian at the age of 6, life was a lot simpler, and faith was not a challenge, and the ways of the world did not come against me daily. Over the last 36 years I have experienced loss of loved ones and friends, struggles in life, persecution by those whom oppose the message of the gospel, and I am blessed to know that no matter what comes my way though it can be hard at times, that the Lord is with me.
I don’t claim to have all the answers or to be a super Christian. I have many of my own questions and things that I am still working on, and I am sure this continue in this world until my time has come. With that being said I would not change my life and I will continue to tell the wonders of our amazing God, and share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around me. I hope that this was an encouragement to you and was beneficial. You are welcome to share any comments or questions here regarding what has been shared.
“19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?’ or `What will we drink?’ or `What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:19-34 New American Standard Bible)