I once heard a non-believer argue that the story of Jesus Christ coming to earth to die for us and save us was just “too good to be true,” like a fairy tale or a fictitious super hero story. Back then, when I was in college and a bit more immature in my faith, I really didn’t know how to respond to this statement. I just knew I believed Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior and that was just that; but I couldn’t really explain to a non-believer why they should believe too. However, just the other day it came to me exactly what I should have said to that non-believer.
I should have told him that a “too good to be true” situation is one where an individual is tricked into thinking they will receive a prize or a reward at no cost, with no strings attached. Kind of like those false advertisements that say you’ll get an item for free; but when you read the FINE PRINT you learn that you’ve got to make at least one purchase, give your credit card number, or sign up for something just to get the “free item.” Well this is not the case with what Christ Jesus has to offer us because there is indeed a price we will have to pay, hard work we will have to put in, and things we will have to endure IF we want to have eternal life with Him.
The Word of God is very UPFRONT about this and even tells us that we must suffer with Christ for a bit if we want to be glorified with Him in the end! You see, it’s NOT “too good to be true” because there is indeed a cross we must bear and a little pain we must endure when we proclaim Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. However, the little suffering that we endure for the cause of Christ will be NOTHING compared to the ETERNAL goodness and glory we will have with Him in heaven! Yeah, thats what I should have told that non-believer back then!
Romans 8:16-18 (New King James Version)
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
–To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.