"For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,' we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." - 2 Peter 1:16-21
Do you ever wake up feeling like someone else other than yourself, like maybe you're still dreaming or you're just faking how you feel day-in and day-out?
Perhaps you didn't sleep well, or it's just an out of the ordinary mood. Or maybe it's something deeper. Maybe your heart is stirring and longing for some sort of reassurance. Reassurance of what?
Reassurance that this is all real. There really is breath and life in your lungs this morning. You really are alive, and whatever you think or do or say today really does affect those around you. You really are an agent of change in the world. God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, really does love you. Jesus really did die on your behalf, and really did rise again from the grave. Those of us who follow Jesus faithfully really do have a hope to hold onto for his return and the eternal grace he has promised to bring to us someday soon.
None of it is made up. Not a single letter in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible was written without God's sovereign provision and authorship through the Holy Spirit. He doesn't intend to bait and switch us, or trick us into believing something that isn't really true. He is the embodiment of Truth. And the best part is: He loves us.
I don't think that it's childish or foolish to need healthy reminders. Even those of us who do indeed believe and trust and have been baptized into this relationship with Jesus wake up some mornings in desperate need of a reminder of what's true.
The passage from 2 Peter 1 quoted above is incredibly reassuring for us. The apostle writes in defense of he and his brother disciples' eyewitness accounts of Jesus' life and ministry and death and resurrection and glory. The key here is eyewitness. These men, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, wrote down their experiences and lessons-learned from Jesus for the very purpose of being reassuring faith-builders for the church. We can lean upon their God-breathed accounts as absolute truth, and we can rest in the fact that what we read is not mythical or mathematical.
This faith, this one and only Jesus Christ, is indeed real. So take a deep breath. Feel his life in your veins.
This is all real.
-written by Chase Cotten, Media Director