My Mind Is Made Up

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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During this past Easter season, there were a number of movies on television which those who make up the schedules felt were appropriate for the season — movies such as The Robe, The King of kings and Easter Parade — just to mention a few. There was also a documentary about Roman events which led to the death of Christ. Being somewhat interested in the history of that period, I sat down to watch it. The first thing that they said was that the way the death of Jesus is described in the gospels was impossible under the Roman laws of that period. So, I turned it off right away. My mind is made up, and I don't want to be confused with the "facts" — as they see them.

Every year, there seem to be these types of statements, television shows, and articles, which, I think, are meant to make us doubt. I checked my files and found some notes that I had written some years ago on an article about the Dead Sea Scrolls. I considered this article to be yet another effort to make us doubt our faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

    "Scholars have been working on the Dead Sea scrolls since 1947 and only bits and pieces of information have trickled out," so the article said. "One of the reasons the scholars have not wanted to let the people know what they found is because the scrolls virtually prove that Jesus never existed," so the late John M. Allegro said. "That's why the Christian scroll team have kept the lid on research, and even put out deliberate false interpretations of the scrolls."

    "Barbara Thiering, an Australian biblical scholar, had to remove layers of myth and mysticism," so the paper said, "to reach her conclusion that the Dead Sea Scrolls show that Jesus never performed any miracles, did not die on the cross, but lived for another 30 years, married twice and was the father of three children. Jesus sneaked away from his executioners and ran off to France with Mary Magdalene. A living Parisian schoolboy is one of their descendants."

Such misinformation is in direct conflict with historical evidence, such as researched by journalist Lee Strobel, and with the biblical record.

1 Peter 3:15b – Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (NIV)

There are numerous statements in the Bible that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Saviour of the world.

Matthew 16:15-17 – He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (NKJV)

John 11:25-27 – Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." (NKJV)

John 20:27-28 – Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" (NKJV)

We are assured through faith that Jesus is the Son of God.

    I serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today;
    I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
    I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
    And just the time I need Him, He's always near.
           – Alfred Ackley

Prayer: O Father in heaven, we thank You for the words of Scripture which tell us that Jesus is alive indeed, and we thank You in His holy name. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great words of encouragement.

    Great read, Thanks!!!
    Thanks for standing up for the Word.

    Thanks Joel. The bible is indeed true, l have no doubt due to the living witness of Christ within my life!

    Joel, sad that so many people want to discredit the very One Who came to save them from never-ending torment! Praying for the perpetrators of this misinformation to come to the knowledge of the Truth, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Thanks for writing. Blessings.

    A very thoughtful and very well researched message. Yes, I have had many doubts and days of weak faith, but even a little faith can grow! Every time I doubt, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to me to put things right again! Yes, Jesus IS the Lord God, Son of Jehovah, now and forever more! Amen.

    As I was reading your devotional this morning, I thought of this verse too:
    John 20:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    29 Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

    Good message, Joel.
    Luke researched and gathered his facts long before his record was put together with other accounts to make up what we now call the Bible.
    The Holy Spirit leads us to TRUTH.
    Thanks for writing.

    Dear Joel,
    I’m glad your “mind is made up.”
    I’m glad you read Lee Strobel. I suppose you read Philip Yancey too.
    And I’m glad you wrote what you did to counter several facets of false criticism broad.
    I would like to see you write several more devotionals, taking each of the criticisms, one at a time, each in its own devotional, to counter it with more depth. Of course, using accompanying scripture to show the truth too.
    Big job!
    God bless you.
    Keep writing.

    I am an editor, and I have often suspected when I hear statements such as the first one you mentioned, that some early editor tried to “spice up” stories as they went through translation after translation. “Hey there, nobody’s going to believe THAT is how it happened. let’s…” But I believe that the Holy Spirit cuts through all the embellishments and shares the truth with us. And that is also the reason behind things in Scripture that appear to contradict themselves. Thanks for writing on a fascinating subject.

    Thank you for your Devotional, Joel, I think the most important acknowledgement is because He lives within our Heart.

    Hi Joel. I enjoyed your devotional today. I have gotten very interested lately in being able to defend my faith. My wife and I watched a series of studies recently that was excellent in helping to prove it’s true, especially to non-believers.

    Good morning Joel,
    Thank you for your words this morning. My conversations with non-believers often show that when confronted with the truths of Christ, they will simply close their eyes and dismiss them, because it just doesn’t work in their heads. Particularly the comment regarding the researcher who had to strip away many myths is indicative of what ‘researchers’ feel is necessary to reduce the Christian faith to something negligible. Our battle will not be over until Christ returns; until then we will be working ‘against the wind’ to share this wonderful gospel.

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