I was asked recently to explain how I know that I am a Christian. Talk about a high-stress question! It took me a little bit of time to think through my answer, but I was able to articulate it this way. I wrote to them this,
“I know that I am a Christian because of the completed work of Christ and my trust in his redemptive work on my behalf. I know that I am in Christ not because of some formula or particular prayer, but in the promise of redemption through a living faith in Jesus. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that I know that I am justified and sanctified.
“Being an evangelical Christian, is more than just passive experience. It is embodying a life coming into alignment with the Kingdom of God, being conformed into the image of Christ. And it is through this that I know that I am a Christian. Jesus has promised salvation, and this assurance is grounded in the promises of Scripture and is confirmed in the inward testimony of the Holy Spirit.”
The faith of the Christ-following community hinges on the fact that Jesus once died, was buried, rose from the grave, and ascended to heaven. That is why Holy Week is so very important to the life of the Church. This zeroes in on the time Jesus spent in Jerusalem in his final week, starting with his glorious entrance on Palm Sunday and culminating in his horrific crucifixion on Good Friday.
As the week soon turns to betrayal on Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) and the brutal execution of Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, on a Friday afternoon, I hope that you know that you can have an assurance of salvation.
I hope and pray that God will be with you during this heavy week.