For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2 Peter 1:16
An Eyewitness Account
When a person is put on the stand in a courtroom, she is not allowed to speculate. She cannot guess what she thinks might have happened. Nor is she allowed to let her opinions color her answers. She can only tell what she has actually seen and heard.
There are many fantastic stories about Jesus Christ. We hear of him walking on water. There is the report that he fed thousands with just a few fish and a couple of loaves of bread. He healed the sick. We even hear about Jesus raising people from the dead, including himself! How are we to take these things? Did they really happen?
The answer is “Yes.” We know that they happened because God moved the men, who were eyewitnesses to these things, to write them down for us. We find the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
More importantly, there we find the reason that Jesus came to this earth. He came to be our Savior. We have the eyewitness accounts of how Jesus fulfilled his Father’s will in our place. We read the account of Jesus’ suffering and death, knowing that he did this to take the punishment that we deserved. And we read those eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ rising from the dead, showing us that victory has been won.
Thankfully, the men who wrote the accounts of what Jesus has done for us were not just giving their opinions. They were giving us the facts about what they witnessed. And we can be certain that what they have written is reliable.
Lord Jesus, thank you for causing those who witnessed what you did for me to record what you did for me so that I can be certain of your love for me. Amen.
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