In our scripture reading below, we find that Jesus means different things to different people. Even in His time, He was considered to be someone other than who He really was. That misconception still holds true today. Regardless of the evidence, some consider Jesus a myth; some consider Him just a man, while others consider Him the Messiah.
27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?”
28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”
29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
Mark 8:27-29 (NKJV)
In God’s Not Dead 2, Grace (the film’s central character) experienced the Lord in a dramatic, personal way. Though there weren’t angels in the sky or spiritual dreams in the night, she still heard Him speak to her, Spirit to spirit, during a desperate time. That sense of His presence prompted her to pursue the truth. Such an honest search could only end one way, which was with a personal confession like Peter’s confession:
“You are the Christ.”
In times of tragedy and uncertainty, it comforts each one of us to take a moment to remember what drew us to Christ, and what brought us to the moment of a genuine confession of faith. Was it the witness of a believer? The example of someone long admired? A faith upbringing that was embraced? The sudden reality of His presence?
Or was the discovery made by actively and intentionally looking for the truth of His existence and purpose?
Pure Flix is honored to team with YouVersion to offer you our second reading plan that looks at the evidence for Christ. After all, we live in a world of doubters and deniers, seekers and skeptics. Though sharing our personal testimony is powerful, we also need to be equipped to answer the difficult questions that we might be asked, such as:
“Who was Jesus?”
“Did Jesus really exist?”
“Aren’t the Gospels contradictory?”
These questions from others are not just general questions that we can disregard: these are questions with eternal consequences.
Now let’s ask ourselves these important questions: Are we ready? Are we ready to share the reason we believe with confidence? Do we really know the evidence ourselves? If you are like me, I sense that we are at a time in history where our knowledge of the faith we profess must be sharpened and deepened in order to communicate more effectively.
We invite you and your family (especially your teens) to participate in the powerful seven-day reading plan, Evidence. What you have read here is just a sampling of this important devotional that will help you “give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15a (NKJV). And while you are on your YouVersion Bible App, please follow up with our other reading plan, Stand With God. We pray these plans will strengthen, encourage and equip you for the days ahead.
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