Trusting Jesus with total abandon

“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands,” John 3:35. What more could one ask for? Every human life is in safe hands. Jesus is aware of everything going on, he’s in total control of it all, and he has his Father’s full support in whatever he does. What more do we need as humans? “Whoever believes the Son has eternal life,” verse 36. We’ve got the key to eternity; it’s trusting Jesus.

But why should we trust him? Because, verse 32, “he testifies to what he has seen and heard.” Jesus is unique, in that he’s seen and heard God personally. No other human being has, including Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, and all the other founders of religions. “No man has ever seen God, BUT God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known,” John 1:18. Only Jesus can speak personally of God, because he’s the only one who has been with God, knows God and is God. Whatever Jesus says and does, then, has all the authority and credibility of God behind it. God also gave added oomph to Jesus’ credibility by the miracles Jesus did, the prophecies in the Old Testament he fulfilled, and his resurrection from the dead.

We have good reason, therefore, for believing that Jesus came from God and “speaks the words of God,” John 3:34. But is that all belief is, just an acceptance of facts and logic?

Not according to John because he also says, “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart,” 1 John 5:10. Belief in Jesus goes much deeper than cold facts. It goes right to the bottom of our toes. It’s trusting Jesus with total abandon, throwing our entire lives forever into his hands, recklessly and without reserve. It’s the kind of belief that has total assurance when approaching God “that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us,” verse 14, and “whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of him,” verse 15. That’s the kind of belief God loves in us because it “certifies that God is truthful,” John 3:33. It publicly declares that God isn’t lying when he says our lives are totally safe in the hands of his Son and there’s nothing more we frail humans need than him.

Our belief becomes a public demonstration that the Father loves the Son and has placed everything in the hands of his Son, because that’s exactly what we’re doing in our lives too – placing everything in our lives in the hands of his Son.


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