You don’t have to believe in Jesus to follow Him. The early disciples followed Jesus for three years without believing. For some it was their eye-witness encounter with the empty tomb, while for others it was actually encountering the risen body of Jesus, which finally convinced them. Suddenly they understood what Jesus had been teaching.
What exactly did these early disciples believe?
These things are written so that you may continue to believe that
Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,
And that by believing in Him you may have life
By the POWER of His name. John 20:31
During a conversation with Jesus before His death, Peter made this exact confession, but under pressure he faltered; he stopped believing. He thought maybe he had got the story wrong or been confused. Upon encountering the risen body of Jesus, his life was dramatically changed and never again did he doubt that Jesus was all He claimed to be.
You can begin to follow. To listen. To think about the things Jesus said.
All without believing.
Most of Jesus’ followers started off by NOT believing.
Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!