Perhaps the most tense moment in a courtroom trial is the reading of the verdict. The judge calls on the jury foreman as he stands nervously before the jury, the judge, the gallery, the lawyers, and the defendant. No sound is heard except the wrinkle of paper as he unfolds the jury’s decision. With hesitation in his voice, he reveals to the breathless crowd the fate of the accused.
After reading the evidence in this book, you too stand ready for a decision. But the Judge who awaits your choice is not a fellow human who has worked his way to the bench. The One who wants to know your decision has the authority to sentence you to an eternity of confinement in a prison called hell. Why? You are the defendant. You have been charged with sin (Rom. 3:23), and you face a sentence that is irreversible (Rom. 6:23). But here’s the switch. You are also the jury. You get to make the decision based on the evidence.
So now it is time to make your decision. Do you believe that Jesus died as a sacrifice for your sins? Do you believe that He rose from that garden tomb to prove His deity and to establish Himself as the only mediator between God and you?
It’s your choice. You’ve read the evidence. You’ve seen the historicity of the Bible’s claims. Are you ready to put your faith in Jesus? Are you willing to accept His gift to you? He is waiting for your answer.