John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
As we have just finished celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, I have to wonder how some can think the Bible is a book of fictional stories. Would Jesus have died for a story? Jesus claims in this verse that He is the truth and truth is the only way to the Father. He also said in John 8:31-32, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is truth, and He laid His life down on truth and for truth to set us free from sin. There is no need to make up stories when the real story is so compelling. No. Jesus would not have died for a story, and for proof of that we need only look at the facts from God’s Word and history. Have you taken the time to see that proof for yourself by studying Scripture? All Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16); all Scripture is prophecy based on the Greek definition of the word, “discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God”; and no prophecy ever “had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). Do you trust that the Bible is God’s true Word and inspired by Him alone?
In Deuteronomy 18:22, we learn that the test of whether a prophet’s words are from the Lord, is if the words come true. By this test, I see no explanation other than God’s Word is truth. Jesus died, was buried and resurrected according to Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Look at Psalm 22 which describes very specific aspects of Jesus’ death yet was written by King David 1000 years before the cross. If this central, most miraculous, historical event is true, what reason do we have to believe the rest of the Bible is anything less than truth? Yet that is not the only proof. Christian author, scientist and President of Reasons to Believe states, “Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events–in detail–many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors. The remaining 500 or so reach into the future.” That’s powerful proof of truth. I imagine Jesus must still be asking as He did in John 8:46b, “If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?” If He is truth and His Word is truth, why don’t we believe Him? Jesus claims in John 8:47 that those who belong to God understand what God says. Do you belong to God? He has provided much evidence of His truth. Jesus did not die for a story, but if Satan can keep us from believing there is truth, then he can keep us from the only way to our Father. So who or what is blocking your understanding of God’s truth?
Will you ask God to help you believe that all of His Word is truth?
What further evidence do you need?