Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31 (ESV)
John the Apostle, one of the original twelve disciples, wrote this book with one main purpose. He wanted us to know, without a doubt, that Jesus is the Son of God and all who believe in Him we will have eternal life. John’s faith was based on his reality. Is your faith based on your reality? He was an eyewitness to Jesus’ life. We aren’t eyewitnesses like John was to Jesus’s life but we have God’s word that gives us eyewitness accounts. John spent three years listening, observing and being personally taught by Jesus, based on all this we can totally trust John’s word on who Jesus is and what He can do. Are you spending time reading, pondering, studying God’s word?John knew without a doubt that Jesus loved him and wrote a great deal about that love. John even refers to himself as “the disciple Jesus loved.” We too can know without doubt that Jesus loves us. We can be known as “the one Jesus loves.” What is stopping you today from just believing?
We all struggle with things in life that are difficult; doubt, fear, grief, but when we encounter the Risen Savior we are transformed. Even those closest to Jesus struggle with doubt, fear and grief. Mary Magdalene was transformed from a woman stricken with grief to one who “announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” The disciples went from hiding in fear to boldly proclaiming the gospel. Thomas went from doubt to confidence assurance when he encountered Jesus. Do you doubt you are loved? Are you living in fear? Has grief consumed you? Jesus, the Risen Savior, can transform you today.
Personal Application: Take a step of faith today and believe God. Believe Him with your heart, soul and mind. Believe that He can take your doubt, fear, grief or whatever you are struggling with and transform you today.
Home Application: Spend some time talking about what you are having trouble believing God for and why? Discuss specific strategies you can put in place to encourage each other to just believe!
What transformation do you want Jesus to make in your life today?
Devotional written by Kathy Spade