Why Believe? – by Desmond Ford
- Bible study
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Desmond Ford
Apr 7, 2016 1772
Our Lord Jesus was no pessimist. He was, however, a perfect realist. He said that in the last days, people’s hearts would fail them for fear for looking after those things coming on the earth. He said there will be a time of trouble such as never was, a tribulation so intense that unless God shortened the days, no flesh would be saved. (See Luke 21:26; Matthew 24:21-22 KJV.)
Jesus was a realist. Christians must be, too. If we can’t identify the disease, we’ll never be timely with the remedy.
Here is one of the most well-known passages of Scripture:
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
The solution to the troubles, the temptations, the doubts, and the pressures of life is here in these words of Jesus. The word “believe” is found approximately 100 times in this single book, the Gospel of John. Almost every one of the 21 chapters in John has the word “believe.”
Let not your hearts be troubled. It’s true there is an Ebola virus. It’s true there is AIDS. It’s true there is death on the highway. It’s true there is tragedy in the home. It’s true there’s alcoholism and crime and political corruption-and religious scandals, too. It’s all true. But, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Our hearts will be troubled and they will be afraid if we let them. But if we look at what we have in Christ, our hearts need not be troubled even in this trouble-filled world. In the world, trouble. In Christ, peace. And so we turn to the topic of WHY BELIEVE?
– Des Ford. John 16:33. Adapted from “The Miracle of Planet Earth, Vol 1.”