For the last 2 weeks, I have been reading about the Passion week in all four Gospel accounts. There is much that happens between the supper at Simon the Leper’s house where Mary anointed Jesus with the expensive oil and Sunday morning at the resurrection. What a fascinating series of events!
For just a moment, I want to mention an exchange that happened between Jesus and the Sanhedrin during the famous mock trials of Jesus. Read the prompt given by the council and the response Jesus gave:
“If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe.” (Luke 22:67, NKJV)
Earlier in John 3, Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about believing in the Son of God. Jesus told Nicodemus that God sent His Son into the world that the world through Him might be saved (3:17). He went on to say,
“He who believes in Him [in God’s Son] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18, NKJV)
Our response to Jesus should be one of belief. We must “believe” that Jesus is the Christ. To the prison guard in Philippi, Paul said,
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31, NKJV)
So have you believed on Jesus, the risen Lord and Savior?