Who Do You Trust?

Posted by Stephen Setzer on

One of the most important questions that we can ask in life is this: "Who do I trust?" When you think about it, trust is the foundation of society. It's the foundation of our individual lives in that we make contracts exclusively upon it - "To love and to cherish till death do us part. This is my solemn vow." We say these words to each other in marriage and base our whole lives (or at least many, many years) upon the truth of that promise. We trust the other person when they say that they will love us. It's the foundation of our legal system - "I solemnly swear to tell the whole truth." It's the foundation of our political system in that we elect people based on what they promise to do while they represent us in government. It's the foundation of our financial system in that I give my money to an organization, trusting that they will keep it safe. Trust is the foundation of our society. Without it we would not have a society. We would not have life as we know it. We might not have life at all.

This Sunday we're going to be reading St. Peter's words when he writes, "We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, 'This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.' We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed."

Peter is essentially saying to the people of the early Christian church, "Look folks, we saw it all. We heard the voice of God say that this man, Jesus, was his Son and that he was God. And then we saw him alive after he had died. Why else would we be talking to you about him if he had not been raised from the dead? We saw it all! Confirmed! You can trust us." And for over 2,000 years, billions of people have trusted the Apostles. 

Trust is the foundation of society, and it's the foundation of belief. You have to trust someone. Regardless of whether or not you believe or don't believe, you're still trusting someone. The question is "who?" 

I hope that you'll come this Sunday to hear more from this message, "Who do you trust?" 

In the meantime, check out this great video from N.T. Wright, one of the most important theologians of our generation, as he talks about Jesus and the resurrection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0Dc01HVlaM


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