Michael Horton on Why You Should Believe in Jesus

Editors’ note: 

To read testimonies from around the world about those who have trusted the saving work of Jesus, see Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover Our True Selves from The Gospel Coalition.

In this video, Michael Horton argues that Christianity is not a religion of fuzzy feelings but of objective historical truth. Jesus gives hope for new life.


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Jesus Christ is the only religious leader who ever certified his claims to divinity by being raised from the dead. Jesus Christ said he was God incarnate. He said that he was sent by the Father, with whom he enjoyed eternal fellowship, to save his people from their sins.

And so I would want to, first of all, move Christianity out of the category people usually reserve for religion of liver shivers and things that go bump in the night and those fuzzy feelings you get inside. Even if you don’t believe this really happened, the claim is that it happened in the same historical timeline as any other events in history. We’re not just talking about what’s subjective—what’s good for you versus what’s good for me—we’re talking about ultimate truth.

And if Jesus is who he said he was, then, as the Apostle Paul told the Athenians in Acts 17, he will come again in judgment to judge both the living and the dead. Jesus is not portrayed here as a great philosopher of life, somebody who can help us find inner peace and satisfaction in a kind of generic way.

Jesus is not portrayed here as a great philosopher of life, somebody who can help us find inner peace and satisfaction in a kind of generic way.

He’s come for a very specific reason: to forgive our sins, to reconcile us to God, and to bear our final judgment in his own person. He’s come to give us new life. He’s come to insert us into himself as the beginning of the new creation.