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"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

(HEBREWS 11:1)

1 John 5:1-13

“Caesariensibus Tiberium Pontius Pilatus Praefestus Iudaeae.” These Latin words were found on a stone uncovered at the port city of Caesarea in 1961. The words “To the people of Caesarea Tiberium Pontius Pilate Prefect of Judea” are important because for centuries skeptics doubted there ever was a governor of Judea named Pilate. This stone confirmed otherwise. Scripture names Pontius Pilate as the judge who turned Jesus over to the cross, so this stone was a fatal blow to all doubters. It was found as part of a first century stairway in Herod’s magnificent Roman theatre on the shore of the Mediterranean. Now it resides in the
Israel Museum.
It is extremely difficult to believe what you cannot see. But sight is not faith, and faith is the road we are called to travel, even when physical evidence is lacking. Archeological finds may confirm our faith, but they are not the source of it. In following Christ, we are called to believe in His name. The Spirit of Christ in us grants all the confirmation we need.




Scripture Focus

1 John 5:1-13

Insight

FAITH IS NOT MERELY HUMAN HOPE. IT IS THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT WE BELIEVE, AND THE EVIDENCE OF FAITH IS CHRIST IN US.

Bible In A Year

  • Numbers 21-22
  • Psalm 72
  • John 13