While recently being out and about in my car I have been listening to extracts of Handel’s Messiah. Towards the end there is a section with the lyrics ‘I know that my redeemer liveth’. I have listened to this piece of music on numerous occasions but this time it really seemed to speak to me. Perhaps this is because we are still in the season of Easter, or maybe it was something else, but it did start a train of thoughts in my mind about the person of Jesus and what I believe.
So, this is what I believe - I believe in the Virgin Birth. I believe in the Cross of Calvary and that He died in my place and was buried in a borrowed tomb. I believe in the Resurrection and His ascension into heaven. I believe in His promise to return someday and take His people to the place He is currently preparing for us. I believe every word that is written about Him in the Bible. I believe that I can speak with Him at any time and in any place. I believe in His promise to never leave me nor forsake me. I believe that He is the Son of our Heavenly Father.
I guess I always knew these things, and was taught them as a child by my parents, faithful friends and teachers. However, it wasn’t until I was 17 that all these things became real to me and I decided to accept Jesus request to open the door of my life and let him in. That invitation is echoed throughout Scripture, but one of the most descriptive verses is Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
That decision which I made in my late teens changed my life forever, and everyday fills me with a renewed sense of joy, hope and assurance. I know that no matter what happens the Lord Jesus loves me and I love Him. I hope and pray that as you have read these thoughts this month that you are encouraged to think about what you believe and why you believe it.
I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God.
For now is Christ risen from the dead,
the first-fruits of them that sleep.
(Handel’s Messiah, part III)