“Unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:24 NLT
It is not just that you believe in Jesus, but what that is important. The big problem of Jesus is not what He did, not what He taught, but what He said about Himself.
When the woman at the well spoke of the coming messiah, Jesus said, “I am he” (John 4). The day after feeding 5,000 men and their wives and children, Jesus claimed to be the bread of life that gives eternal life (John 6).
Jesus asserted that He is from God (John 7), is the light of the world, came from above, and existed before Abraham. (John 8). He claimed to be the gate, the good shepherd, and the Son of God (John 10). He said He is the resurrection and the life (John 11). He claimed that the Father was in Him and He was in the Father. He insisted that He alone was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14).
Those are not claims that people made about Jesus; they’re claims Jesus made about Jesus.
So, here’s the question: Do you believe what Jesus said about Himself?
Because only when you believe what Jesus said about Himself, can you trust Him when he says, “I will come and get you, so that you will always be where I am.”