If someone put a gun to my head and said "CHOOSE! Choose between death or rejecting Jesus", I would choose death. I would make that choice, because my life wouldn't be worth living anymore without the one thing that brings me sanity. The one thing that has saved me from sin.
You see years ago, I found myself falling into masturbation again and again. Unable to stop myself and always feeling rotten after doing it. Married and with children, it still occurred. One night, as the urge was overcoming me again, I said a simple prayer, "Jesus, I'm going to do this... unless you stop me. Please stop me."
That night, after a powerless eternity, the urge left me. It wasn't the last time I prayed that simple prayer. Matter of fact, I still pray it today when I find myself overcome by fear, or worry. When I'm obsessing or wrestling with bad choices. When I'm powerless.
Jesus is real, and death can't take that away.
Nathan (not my real name),
How often do we wonder what goes on in the thoughts of someone who boldly states "Jesus is real!". For those who don't know Jesus as a real person, that kind of statement can seem odd or off-base, because 'knowing' someone who cannot be seen or touched or texted or Skyped is an unfamiliar notion. Nathan is one of the brave ones who explains very directly how he arrived at that conclusion.
You might wonder also what brought up this topic. I was talking with Nathan about the nativity story in Matthew 1:18, where Joseph was about to undo his vows to Mary because she was pregnant, and not by him.
"the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her."
We were trying to put ourselves in the shoes (er, sandals) of Joseph to ask whether we would be so confident in such a dream, if presented with the same circumstances. It's at that point that Nathan expressed his level of certainty in the Lord, and why.