When I read about Jesus’ crucifixion in Matthew, I’m astonished that even after his death there were still some who didn’t believe. Even before then, in the many events leading up to the cross, it was as if unbelievers had to convince themselves that the miracles Jesus performed weren’t from God, and that his words and actions were somehow contrary to the character of God. As difficult as it might be for us to understand the stubborn ignorance of those in Jesus’ time, it is even more difficult to understand how anyone still wouldn’t have believed after Jesus died, because the covenant he made with us when he died was sealed with a bang. Let me show you what I’m talking about in Matthew chapter 27, verses 50 through 53 which says:
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
How can anyone still think that Jesus wasn’t the Son of God after that display? And if that wasn’t enough, Jesus, himself, rose from the grave and appeared to many. I hope and pray that if you are reading this and haven’t yet made Jesus your Lord and Savior, that you don’t fall into the trap that many did in Jesus’ day. With so much evidence pointing to Jesus as the one and only true son of the living God, it would be beyond ignorance to deny that truth today. It would be the biggest mistake any human can make. All he truly wants from us is our faith. If he has that, love for him and obedience to him are inevitable. So, I encourage you to put your faith in Jesus today. No, people aren’t rising from the dead, rocks aren’t being split open, and the temple curtain isn’t being torn from top to bottom today, but we have evidence that is just as convincing. We have the knowledge of history, and the benefit of understanding what they didn’t know back then. They say that hindsight is 20/20. Please, I encourage you to benefit from their mistakes, and not fall into their same dogmatic unbelief. If you do, you could regret it for eternity.
After all of the miraculous things that happened immediately after Jesus’ death, it is difficult to understand why some would still choose not to believe. Likewise, in this day in age, after having the complete word of God in the form of the Holy Bible, the historic truths that lie therein, and story upon story of those who have turned their lives to him and are saved, it is difficult to understand how anyone can still deny him. The benefit of putting your faith in Jesus is something that you don’t want to miss. It is the most important decision you could ever make in this life. So please, I implore you, if you have not put your faith in Jesus, if you have not believed in your heart that he died for you and confessed with your mouth that he is Lord, do it today, for tomorrow is promised to no one.