Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

That you might believe . . .

John 20:19-23,30-31 NLT

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them!

“Peace be with you,” he said.

As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said,

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

Then he breathed on them and said,

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.

But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

Reflection . . .

Below is a Poem in video form. The text is below the video so you can reflect on the words once you’ve listened to it. It’s a powerful declaration of what we believe.

Video – I Believe in Jesus

I Believe in Jesus (lyrics)

I believe in Jesus - the firstborn of all creation 
The prelude to Adam, the author of Eden 
By all, in all, through all, Genesis’ reason 
The husband of the newborn bride 
I believe Earth is One of His love’s brightest beacons 

I believe in Jesus - the infant king 
Ruler of the heavens, the universe’s spring 
Yet He took the frailest of forms 
The weakest of things 
For our mighty God was not too proud 
For the stable and trough of Bethlehem’s sting 

I believe in Jesus - the forgiver of men 
Since man would not come to God 
God came to them 
Though we spit in His face 
Through our arrogance and sin 
Holiness became flesh 
So that it might be forgiven 

I believe in Jesus - the perfection of the law 
For creation was doomed 
By the requirements it scrawled 
But He came not to abolish correction 
But succeed where we did fall 
And wrote a new law on our hearts 
Love God and love all 

I believe in Jesus - the horribly betrayed 
Unknown by the world 
He Himself had made 
Handed over to death by a follower 
To whom silver was paid 
Disowned by a friend three times in one day

I believe in Jesus - the suffering servant on the cross 
To save the lives of the sinful 
He considered His own life lost 
Endured the torture of man 
Whips and nails in His flesh were embossed 
Received the righteous wrath of God 
The judge bearing our judgment - the ultimate cost 

I believe in Jesus - the flesh in the tomb 
He bore the end of a normal human 
As He was born of a human’s womb 
He died a criminal’s death 
And was buried in another man’s room 
God the Son lay dead, the lifeless groom 

But I still believe in Jesus 
And the body of His resurrection 
For He redefined life in death’s final rejection 
Showed holes in hands 
To over 500 of His own selection 
So that humanity would not be able to raise an objection 
To the fact that Jesus Christ is God the Son 
And has made the ultimate connection 

So I believe in Jesus 
And the commissioning of his ascension 
He ascended to God’s right hand, forever in intercession 
Leaving His truth in the hands of a few 
The first to be called His Christians 
His hands and feet are now the Church 
His boundless reconciling expression 
This is our heritage 
They are our relatives 
And this 
This is our confession 
We believe in Jesus Christ 
His Death 
And resurrection