Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Why would people die for Jesus? What compels followers of Christ to forsake their life to follow the ways of Jesus? Why Jesus?
Before we can answer the “why” let’s look at the “what.”
Christians throughout church history hold a few key beliefs about Jesus.
1. Jesus was God incarnate
2. Jesus as God came to us in humble circumstances
3. Jesus dies on the cross to bring wholeness to all of creation.
Ransom view –
Satisfaction or Penal substitution view –
Sacrificial view -
4. Jesus will return in full glory
I believe this is understanding of Who Jesus is, what He has done for us in the past, and what He will do for us for all of eternity. This is at the core of understanding why people are willing to sacrifice everything and risk even their lives to follow Jesus. No matter what this life brings, either blessing or pain, we have an eternal hope!