Jesus Christ is the AnswerThis world is full of problems of which people are desperate to find solutions. What few realize, however, is that the answer is right under our noses! The God who created the universe has a Name by which anything is possible! Look at how Paul describes Christ's position:
Jesus Christ: The Answer for Meeting Your Needs
Empirical evidence (that is, anecdotal stories) confirms this. First, let's look at what David observed in his day:
If you read about missionaries and their adventures with finances and basic needs such as food, you'll likely see a trend. God tests their faith, but as they continue to seek His kingdom first, He always comes through with what they need. Accounts like this can be seen from the great missionaries such as George Mueller to the first time young adult missionary with an organization such as Youth With a Mission.
As a missions worker myself, I can confirm this. My story isn't as dramatic as some, but I am amazed at how my financial needs have been met. During my support raising, it didn't seem like I had many opportunities to share what I was doing. Everyone I talked to said that their church was either only interested in supporting those from their congregation or not terribly enthusiastic about missions in general. However, somehow, the finances that I needed came through, and now I am reasonably well supplied.
Jesus Christ: The Answer to Physical SicknessJesus healed people when He was physically on the earth because He had compassion on them and because He wanted to prove Himself. Nothing has changed; the same is true today. He still has compassion on the suffering and He still wants to confirm that He is God.
The first indication of Jesus' healing ability comes to us through one of the great Messianic chapters in the Old Testament:
However, it goes beyond that. Christ's death makes it possible for us to be right with God by faith today, His suffering allows us to receive physical healing by faith today.
Before I continue, I should say that we cannot expect every single request for physical healing to be granted. God is completely sovereign, and His plan is different than ours. It should also be realized that death is a part of His normal plan for humans, as a way of taking us to be with Him. For that reason, we would not want Him to heal us every time!
However, healing certainly does happen today. Let's take a look at a few relevant Scriptures:
Here's one interesting example that I have personally seen. I had a college friend who suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder. We were in the same accounting class, and he was failing miserably, despite hiring tutors and trying very hard. We were also in the same cell group and worked in the same office. In the cell group we layed hands on him and prayed for healing from ADD several times. Nothing appeared to happen. Then one night we were both in the office. He was working on accounting and I was in the next cubicle working on a computer project for the school. All of a sudden I hear "Yeeehaaaaaa Micah, I'm healed!" I don't know exactly what happened, but apparently there was a near-instantaneous change. I do know that he did a lot better in accounting from then on, and even went on to the next semester!
So don't give up. The Bible is clear that God honors persistence.
Jesus Christ: The Answer for Overcoming EvilOvercoming evil was the primary reason why Jesus came to earth:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head." (Romans 12:19-20)
Sometimes vengeance and "overcoming evil" doesn't quite work like we expect. Actually, that is a good thing. Having an "evil" person come to Christ is the best possible way to overcome that evil! However, at least some evil will remain until the very last days of the world's existence. That evil will be brutally and supernaturally crushed, and evil will exist no more. This is the ultimate fate of all evil which does not submit to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ: The Answer for National ProsperityIf you follow the history of Israel in the Old Testament, you will notice a clear trend. When the people were truly following God, they prospered in all they did. When they fell away and worshipped false gods, they suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of their enemies.
Here is one very popular promise that is the basis for some great prayer movements. It applied to ancient Israel, and there is no reason why it would not apply to us as a nation (any nation) today.
Now, let's move from a relatively well known verse to a relatively unknown, but fascinating, prophecy in Zechariah:
- The United States was founded as a Christian nation, with its Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and laws based largely on the Bible. It grew to become the greatest nation in the world.
- Over the past few decades, the USA has largely tried to push God, and especially Jesus, out of the picture in the name of "tolerance." What has that bought us? Exponential increases in crime and the national debt, for starters. And loss of jobs to countries such as India (which, by the way, is in many ways openning up to Christ).
- Uganda's AIDS rate 10 years ago was over 25%. In the last few years, the country has been committed to Christ. People are changing their ways and God is moving. The AIDS rate today is under 6%.
- North Africa was once a breadbasket of the Roman Empire. There was much Christian influence in the area, including the great theologian Augustine. Since then, however, Islam has spread throughout the land -- and the Sahara Desert has spread with it! It's interesting that the prophecy specifically mentions Egypt, which of course is in North Africa.
Do you want your nation to prosper? Then get as many citizens of that nation as possible to confidently proclaim that Jesus Christ is the answer!
Jesus Christ: The Answer for World PeaceIt might be noted that if everyone on earth simply obeyed the commands of Jesus, world peace would instantly be achieved! People would pray for their enemies instead of attack them. No one would try to use force to take power for greedy reasons. And no wars would be fought over religion (which is the cause of most wars).
In fact, that is exactly what will happen some day.
It will happen, and the more we obey the commands of Jesus, the sooner it will be fulfilled!
Many people, even well-meaning Christians, have other ideas for accomplishing world peace. Some participate in candlelight "peace vigils." Some will withhold part of their taxes to protest government spending on war. Some hold war protests. Some insist that diplomacy can solve all our problems. Some pray (and that is always a good thing). But I'm sorry to say that none of that will accomplish squat if we do not commit to obeying the commands of Jesus Christ and lifting up His name!
For the time being, unfortunately, world events can justify some wars, even involving the righteous (see Deuteronomy 20). But the heart of God clearly favors peace, and in the New Testament He gives two specific blessings to peacemakers:
Jesus Christ: The Answer for Eternal LifeHere we finally get to the meat of what this is all about.
We humans were originally created to be in the presence of God forever. That is what the Garden of Eden was all about. But humanity since then has chosen sin over a rewarding, eternal relationship with God. That choice has separated us from God.
We are told that our sinful condition will lead to death, that is, hell, but that Jesus Christ is the answer.
If you have not yet made that choice, it is time. You don't know how much longer you have on earth. When you die, the chance to choose is over. Plus, the sooner you choose the sooner you can start storing up treasures in heaven!
If you are skeptical, that is understandable. It would be foolish to accept a religion with no evidence! Fortunately, there is plenty of evidence. For a good case for the truth of historical Christianity, you may want to read the book The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. For scientific evidence that the God of the Bible was behind the formation of the universe and of life, see Creator and the Cosmos by Hugh Ross and Origins of Life by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross. Most importantly, desire God, and decide to seek Him.
Upon praying that sincerely, you are now guaranteed the wonders of heaven! But don't become complacent and stop there. You need to study the Bible for all it's worth and pray for God's leading. You cannot truly see Jesus prove Himself the answer in any of these areas until you do!