These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
I Have to be Certain
Thomas will always be remembered with the surname “doubting.” He found it hard to believe the report of the other disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead. He also demanded hard and fast proof before he would believe.
I can relate to Thomas. I hear all the precious promises the Bible makes, as well as the written testimonies it provides. Still I have my doubts. I must be certain, because fact and fabrication can easily be confused.
What a comfort it is to know there is truth about which I can always be certain. This truth has been recorded by those who personally witnessed Jesus’ physical presence. These eye witnesses offer me the unmistakable proof and the undeniable testimony upon which I can rely.
From this reliable witness I can be certain Jesus is the Christ. He is the one chosen by God and set apart to be the Savior. As that Savior he completed every requirement of the written law and fulfilled every prophecy—just as God the Father commanded. I can also be certain Jesus is the Son of God. The testimony of the Scriptures is irrefutable and records God’s personal proclamation: “This is my Son!”
Here is the evidence I need. Here is the certainty I long to have. Here is the truth upon which I can rely to battle my doubts and fears. God must provide this desperately needed help, because the devil is always looking for an opportunity to turn my doubts and fears against me. He wants to destroy my faith. He wants to erode my confidence. He wants to plunge me into the depths of despair.
This is why I always hold firmly to what my God has provided. Not only am I exhorted to stop doubting and believe, I am also directed to the clear testimony of the Scriptures. Here, from God’s own recorded word, I can be certain Jesus is my Savior. I can also be certain I have life in his name.
O gracious Lord, you have blessed me with the truth of the Scriptures. Strengthen my faith to learn them, to grow in them, and to find confidence through them. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions