“Lord I Believe”
by Pastor Allen Werk
September 23, 2017
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
Batavia, New York
Who is Jesus? People have come up with a variety of answers for generations. There are some people who contend Jesus was not even a historical figure but rather something more of a legend. Others, admitting that Jesus did once live on the earth think of him as a great moral teacher. Still others think that Jesus was a lunatic, a nut whose charisma gathered a following. Some think Jesus was a legitimate, though maybe unorthodox, religious teacher. And then there are those who believe that Jesus is God who came to earth to show us His love and grace.
Who is Jesus? It is still an important question today. You see if Jesus is real and what He said and taught was true, then following Him will dramatically impact the course of a person’s life.
There is a man named Lee Strobel who was an award-winning legal editor for the Chicago Tribune. He has a Masters degree in Law studies from Yale. He is an intelligent man. He is used to piecing together the evidence for a story until he comes to a solid and logical conclusion. Lee was an atheist. He refused to believe that God was real or that Jesus could possibly be God in the flesh come to earth. Even as an atheist Lee admitted, “If Christianity is true, it has huge implications for one’s life.”
Using his skills and connections as an investigative reporter, Lee set out to gather the evidence to prove that Christianity and specifically Jesus were no more than feel-good crutches for people who didn’t care about the facts. After two years of research, Lee realized that rather than discrediting Jesus Christ, all the evidence pointed to the fact that Jesus really was who He said He was, God in the flesh. Lee finally concluded, “If Jesus is to be believed, and I realize that may be a big if for you at this point, then nothing is more important than how you respond to Him.” Lee realized he couldn’t deny the evidence and finally put his faith In Jesus as his Savior.
Here at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia, on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm we are taking a look at the evidence that Lee gathered that makes a case for believing in Jesus Christ. You are welcome to join us as we follow Lee on his journey from atheism to being a faithful follower of Jesus. Consider the evidence about Jesus and see what you think.
When you take an honest look at the evidence for Jesus, I pray you too will see that you have no sensible option but to accept Jesus as your Savior and God, and see your life transformed by His love and grace.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)