“But these were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31; NIV)
One of my close friends recommended that I watch this movie entitled “The Encounter”. He said I would like it because the main character of the movie was Jesus and that it would make me cry. Well, I didn’t, it just made my eyes sweat.
The movie began with five people who got stranded in a mysterious diner during a storm. Among them were a young runaway girl, a successful businessman, a married couple, and a young woman on her way to meet her boyfriend to surprise him. Apparently, the owner and sole operator of the diner was a man named Jesus. As these people—strangers to each other—had various problems and issues on their own, Jesus started telling each of them about themselves and addressing their problems. He said that all he wants is for none of them to be lost and all of them to spend eternity with him in heaven, echoing what the apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:4.
In the same way, God gave us His written Word, the Bible, in order for us to know who Jesus is and to come to a saving knowledge of Him. The Hebrew word used for “knowledge” or “know” (yadah) in the Bible connotes not only information but an intimate relationship. Now, this intimate relationship with Jesus results in faith in Him. Likewise, the Greek word for “faith” or “belief” (pistis) as used in the Bible connotes not only intellectual assent to a set of facts, but also includes trust. We believe facts but we trust a person. The apostle John said that he wrote his account of Jesus’ life in order for us to believe in Jesus. To believe in Jesus means to trust Him and the efficacy of His redeeming work on the cross for our salvation.