Christ is almost a mythical figure to us and we sometimes doubt just a little.
First, let’s see who he is. He was a man historically, 4-6 BC, mentioned in Jewish and Roman histories. He grew up as other Jewish boys maturing physically, mentally and spiritually. There is no proof that he was all knowing and all powerful from the moment of incarnation. He came to public notice only once between his birth and public ministry. He taught for either two and a half or three and a half years and accomplished wonders. He left a belief that has spread to one-third the population of the world. An historical figure of such proportion deserves serious consideration.
Who did his contemporaries say he was? These people who knew him should have a worthy opinion. John the Baptist said he was the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the World. John the Disciple said The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Andrew said we have found the Messiah. Philip said, “We have found him of whom the prophets did write.” Peter said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” The samaritan woman said, “Come see a man which told me all things that I ever did. Is not this the Christ?” Pilate said, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person.” The Centurian, who supervised the crucifixion said, “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
What did this man do? He did nothing that other men have done to be famous, conqueror, king, statesman. He spent most of his life in a humble way by learning. He spent a great deal of time in prayer. He cured many people who were sick or crippled. He convinced many of his associates that he was the Son of God. He spoke with authority. He established through his teaching one of the important religions of the World.
The answer to the question, “What do you think this man was?” can be answered, “I believe in Christ, but…” There can be no ifs, ands and buts about it. One must decide whether he was the Son of God or the Greatest impostor the World has ever known.
Why should we believe in Christ with no reservations? We can believe that he is the Christ because he was told about by Isaiah 70 years before. he was the Son of God because only the Son of God could perform the miracles he did. His sinless life was evidence of his being the Son of God. We should believe he is the Christ because of what he can do in our lives. He can give our physical life a shot in the arm, a self unconsciousness, a feeling of authority, a feeling of power. He can start our eternal life from the moment we believe him.
Does this mean that when we accept Christ we must no longer have any doubts? Does it mean that we shouldn’t profess to believe in him until we no longer have any doubts?