KNOWING THE TRUTH
“And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, ‘This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.’”
Acts 17:2-3 ESV
Paul, on his missionary travels to different cities in Greece and Macedonia preaching the risen Christ, visits the city of Thessalonica. There, he goes to the local synagogue and reasons with the local Jews and devout Gentiles, telling them that Jesus is the Christ—the Messiah they were all eagerly waiting for.
The Jews had an idea—a strong held belief that a Messiah would come to redeem their nation, Israel. Paul boldly used the Scriptures to convince the Jews that Jesus was indeed the long-awaited Messiah they had been hoping for.
In our world today, we are bombarded with ideas and “truths” from everywhere. It just shows how hungry our world is for Truth. Just as Paul reasons for Truth with Scriptures, we too as modern day Christians need to know the reasons behind the faith that we profess.
For those who have grown up distant from Christianity, there is an idea of a messiah and a savior but cant really pinpoint just who or what this is. On the other hand, for those who have grown up in a Christian environment, there is this sense that Jesus is the Messiah because the fact was handed down to them by their families.
Whatever context we all grew up in, there is the choice of seeking the Truth behind our beliefs and going towards that journey of faith towards knowing The Messiah, The Christ, The Lord.
Paul was ready to defend his faith, not on a “because it just is” attitude, but a fierce faith, grounded in the knowledge of Scripture and most importantly, a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is of absolute importance that knowing Who our God is, precedes and goes beyond our need to know who the next American Idol is or who the next President will be.
We need to be ready to give an answer when God blesses us with an opportunity, with a personal encounter with the Truth himself, Jesus the Christ.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV