“He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” — John 1:10-12
What does it mean to believe in Jesus? To believe means to hear and accept the WORDS of Jesus. With His words recorded in the Gospels, Jesus exposed our sins. He revealed God the Father to us. He promised eternal life to His followers. He explained the work He had come to do. He taught us how to live.
Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” — John 5:24
“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” — John 6:63
“Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will never disappear.” — Matthew 24:35
Not only must we hear and accept the words of Jesus, but believing also means to accept and trust the WORK of Jesus. Jesus came to do something no one else could do. He suffered and died as the sinless Son of God to pay the penalty of our sins and to save all who believe from eternal condemnation.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” — Matthew 20:28
The saving work of Jesus reconciles us to God and restores us to God’s family. At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus said to His Father, “I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.” — John 17:4
Finally, to believe means to acknowledge and honor the WORTH of Jesus. Jesus is worthy of all honor and praise because He is the Son of God. His rising from the dead proved this. The Bible says that He is not only the Savior of those who come to Him in faith, but the creator and sustainer of the universe, the light of the world, King of kings and Lord of lords. Even the hosts of Heaven acknowledge this.
“And they sang a mighty chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered–to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” — Revelation 5:12
We reject the Son of God and refuse to hear His words at our peril! We believe and accept Him to the promise of His Word and the transformation of our lives!
“But all who reject Me and My message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.” — John 12:48
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” — John 3:18
Have you truly believe on Jesus, the Son of the Living God? Have you accepted His words, trusted His work and honored His worth? Some one once wrote:
Someone told me that Jesus saves.
So I looked for Jesus at Christmas.
I found tinsel and noise.
I looked for Jesus at Calvary.
The cross was empty.
I looked for Jesus in the church
and found Him.
I found Him in the hearts
of those who believe.