is the Christian faith? We're glad you asked ..
The story is told of a
world famous acrobat who was noted for his daring highwire walks across vast
chasms who astonished crowds as walked a tightrope strung between the
American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. He had done this on several
other occasions with amazing stunts like pushing a wheelbarrel or toting an
oven along to cook an omelet halfway across the Niagara Gorge. They erupted
in a wild ovation when he made yet another successful crossing.
quieted them with a question: "Now that you have seen me do it once, do you believe I can go back again?"
"Yes! We believe!" they shouted back to them, applauding.
He quieted them again.
"Do you believe I could cross with a man perched on my back?"
Without missing a beat, the
crowds continue to cheer and express complete confidence in the acrobat's
ability to perform such a feat. Hadn't they just seen proof? Hadn't they
heard of his past accomplishments? Of course he could!
The acrobat then gazed
intently over his rapt audience and asked "Now, which of you will be
that person and accompany me back across?"
Suddenly, there was an uncomfortable silence of consternation.The acrobat suddenly found no takers.
Those who professed belief
suddenly had no faith. It wouldn't be until another day until someone
exercised their faith - his business manager - and accepted his invitation.
Both crossed and lived to see another day.
The essence of faith is trust, a confident hope that doesn't question the
truth believed in.It is the
stepping out onto nothing with the belief that one's foot will land on
something. Like the acrobat's manager, it is the anticipation of
accomplishment despite all of the circumstances surrounding the progress
And that is what the faith of Christianity is about. Hear what the Bible
says about it:
Now the just shall live by faith .. We are not of them who draw back unto
perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul
The Christian faith is just
that - a faith that is nothing more and nothing less than a very real trust
in Jesus Christ alone for a very real personal salvation. That is what it
means to "believe to the saving of the soul." It is a faith
focused entirely upon Jesus Christ that our inner man, the essence of who we
are which the Bible calls the soul, may be redeemed by His marvelous power.
That is why Jesus has been called our Savior - He came to live, die and rise
again from the dead to provide this salvation for any and all who would
"believe on" Him. And the Bible makes clear that this
indescribable transformation is available for all to receive, but only
through faith in this same Jesus:
Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house.
This is his commandment,
That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one
another, as he gave commandment. 1 John 3:23
Then said they unto him,
What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and
said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath
sent. John 6:28-29
And it is Jesus Christ whom
was sent by God the Father to be believed upon. He is at the heart of true
Christian faith. Religious trust directed anywhere but to Him alone isn't
true faith. For to "believe on" Christ is to give oneself to a
complete and radical trust in His power to change and restore, to cleanse
and to forgive, to heal and make new the life one gives over to Him. It's
not just believing in Christ, not just affirming that He existed or even
that He can do these mighty redemptive acts .. but believing on Christ to
the point that a real perspective enters your life that is indeed
life-changing - and what is that perspective?
We are all people still
in need of a Savior and we need to be saved.
So what is it that we need
to be saved from? Jesus came to save us from an inescapable spiritual
bondage all mankind has labored under for generations - from our own
sinfulness and the sins that we all commit. They range from the white lie to
the murder of the innocent. The Bible is clear that such acts aren't just
"errors" but moral outrages to the holy nature of God Himself and
separate us from Him, making us spiritual rebels in danger of eternal
punishment who can do nothing to save ourselves from our sinfulness:
For all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God. .. By one man sin entered into the world,
and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
sinned... For the good that I
would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that
I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. ..
O wretched man
that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God
through Jesus Christ our Lord. .. For the wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 3:23, 5:12,
7:19-20, 24-25, 6:23
Despite the depraved and
evil nature of fallen humanity, however, God the Father so passionately
loved us all so intently that He sent Christ into the world to save us from
ourselves at such a precious cost. The often quoted John 3:16
summarizes this well, as well as the not so often quoted John 3:17:
For God so loved the world
that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the
world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
a salvation is precious indeed - it cost the life of a Baby born 2000 years
ago who would grow up to die as a Sacrifice that would turn aside the
righteous wrath of the holiness of his Father. The Baby celebrated at
Christmas came to die as a hated Man in a violent execution 33 years later
upon a cross to bring eternal life to "whosoever" would believe
upon Him .. with a total trust and faith in His ability to bring it to them.
This is what so many who
would be Christians (and not a few professing "Christians")
stumble over. It's also what those bound in false religion and cults cannot
abide. Their definition and application of what they think they are saved
from makes all the difference in the world and all of their sectarian
good intent and self-discipline cannot save. It cannot redeem. It cannot
justify them before God, although it may make life on the earth better. Only
trust in Jesus saves.
Such a thought offends the sophisticated tastes of those who would stubbornly
insist on placing their misguided trust in their own chosen philosophy or
tailor-made spirituality or tradition or preoccupation. There is nothing
more humbling then to admit that your good works, your morality and even
your own belief system have in fact had less to do with faith in Jesus than
faith in yourself. It brings confusion, fear and a soul-searching revelation
of finding ourselves in the deepest spiritual need. Pride and indignation
arises .. and indeed, it even angers many to hear such shocking, seemingly
intolerant truth claims that explode the false foundation of their misguided
But the Christian faith
cannot be reconciled to these well-intentioned dead ends. It is faith in
Christ alone that brings one a very real and personal deliverance from the
spiritual toxicity of their sins. This precious faith is based on only one
foundation - the blood of that Child who was none other than Jesus Christ
Himself, born of the virgin Mary and whose prophetically foretold death upon
a Roman cross in ancient Israel now opened a way back to God for all who
would turn to Him and Him alone:
Jesus saith .. I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me. (John
This is the stone which
was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:11-12)
.. we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all .. this man,
after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right
hand of God; .. by one offeringhe
hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:10, 12, 14)
This Christ Jesus rose from
the dead three days after His death to establish forever that the
restoration offellowship with the One True God who loved us so much that He
sent Him to die for us. This wonderful reality is indeed the greatest
blessing one could ever have this side of heaven - full peace with God, with
one's past and with all others, bestowed upon us by the grace of God through
faith in Jesus Christ!
If God would not spare even
His own Son to take upon Himself on the Cross the punishment for the sins
we've done, then how can we doubt His promises? Yes, there are many issues
about Christianity one can raise intellectually, and they are worthy of
discussion, but the choice to believe and trust is still one we all must
the end, that is what the Christian faith is about - trust in the
promises of God revealed by Christ and empowered today by His Spirit. It is
not belief alone that He can do what He said He would. Mental affirmation of
truth is not faith. It is an active faith of total commitment to becoming a
follower of Christ that Jesus calls us to: one who will deny self, take up
his personal cross of death to self by confession and repentance from
personal sin and by calling on His Name to become their personal Savior.
Then Jesus said unto His
disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up
his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24-25
Ifa man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him,
and we will come unto him and make our abode with him. John 14:23
For whosoever shall call
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:12
Will you come to know this
Jesus whose Gospel we preach and defend? Don't delay any longer - come to
Him who loved you enough to die for your sins, who ever lives to meet your
needs and serve His Kingdom! Jesus Christ does indeed know and love you and
will meet you just where you are. Trust His promises found in the Word of
God! You won't be disappointed. Give him
your all today!Here's how