Read: John 19-20
Consider: The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus pose many difficulties for mankind. Many find the substitutionary nature of Jesus’ crucifixion difficult as they prefer to see God as being cruel, rather than seeing God as he truly is – loving and willing to sacrifice his Son in place of punishing sinful man.
The resurrection poses its own difficulties. We all know that once dead it is not possible to breathe life into a dead body. The problem is that we place the same limitation on God. However, it is obvious through the miracles that Jesus performed that he had power over sickness and death. There are a number of steps of logic needed here. If Jesus had power over sickness and dead and if he was indeed God, then God (the Father) would have no problem in being able to raise Jesus from the dead.
Do you believe that Jesus was able to perform the miracles that are evidenced in John’s gospel? If so, what does this tell you about the identity of Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross, in your place to pay the price for your sin? Do you believe he rose again, victorious over death?
Do you actually believe the evidence that has been presented in John’s gospel? Read what John himself says in John 19:35 –
The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.
What John is saying is ‘I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. What I am telling you is true and I share it with you so that you may also believe’.
As with all things in life, you have a choice to make. Are you willing to believe the evidence presented by someone who was there at the time and who knew Jesus personally, or are you going to reject it?
Pray: Father, the evidence presented by John, as an eyewitness to Jesus’ life and death, is over-whelming. Although we cannot see for ourselves, help us to put our trust in you by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Amen