“Why do I believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the Messiah promised and sent from God to save the world from it’s sin and fallen nature?”
I believe because our Heavenly Father promised us that He would send Him, our Father that fashioned into the foundation of this world that He could not lie*1. He that watched and wept as His beloved children cascaded towards the abyss of sin and idolatry, those whom He had lovingly formed in the palm of His hand with the love that none of us could ever really understand but who betrayed Him so often.
He that was always faithful to love us even whilst we cursed Him, it is He that subjected Himself to be born lower than the Angels that He would defeat the death that He so hates and that which we all taste of in sorrows and fear*2. And having Himself came as a flesh man and died one time that we all could have the life eternal*3. He needn’t have done that, He is the Almighty, but He did, who was so worthy that they could have expected it of Him? Who so foolish to deny it?
I believe because He came humbly not high handed, not as a king with great spectacle and honors surely befitting Him, not in the finest palace of the land but in a stable with the animals of servitude, for He came to serve not be served, it really could not have been any other way.
I believe because of the love in the scared trembling eyes of Mary as she looked down upon the helpless innocent babe that she knew was not of this world, wondering what would befall Him that she could surely not nurture away. The truth was in her confused emotions as her belly grew, this virgin; and in faith on obedience to the word of the Angel of God she birthed the promise to His fate*4.
The shepherds knew whom He was as they were bidden by the Angel to welcome salvation made flesh as a witness to prophecy fulfilled and promises kept*5. And the wise men from the afar off, even pagan nations, they believed, they felt the power of Almighty God and His call as they beheld the King of Heaven a sucking babe at the breast of a bewildered virgin, to whom even the brightest star of the heaven was subject to as it obediently drawn them nigh to the Christ Child*6.
And the righteous Simeon who was then ready to die after having held in his arms the promise of the Lord, the baby Jesus, he believed, he saw and he witnessed with these words placed on his breath by the Holy Spirit: “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” [Mt 2:34-35]” *7 He knew, they knew, they all knew, they believed, they all believed on that day.
And after the Christ child was born, satan sought His life, and so King Herod in fulfillment of prophecy,*8 thus ordered that all the children in Bethlehem and the coasts thereof, under two years of age, be slaughtered in an attempt to smother the promise: “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” [Matt 2:18]. Did Herod really think that he could separate God from His Word? And those martyred children surely have a special place in Heaven as do all the innocents who die before their time. God was faithful to rescue our salvation that day that we might be saved ourselves, for Jesus had yet much prophecy to fulfill before He would submit to death. But would man accept Him? No, it was not to be, we wouldn’t have Him, for our sin He would have His hour, man would reject, deny, hate, and murder Him*9. He who only came to give, not asking anything for Himself, but everything for us only; man only knew to destroy Him.