Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
I’d driven by this same sign on the side of the highway a dozen times. A simple white sign with black letters, quoting Acts 16:31. And every time it stirred something in me. Not the part about being saved, that I was already sure of, but the part about believing on. It was that word on. Why on? Why not in?
Apparently, there is a word epi in Greek that can be translated in various New Testament passages as on and upon. The same word is used in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him.” In each instance, it means “to lean your weight upon.” When I’m worried or concerned or feeling anxious and I imagine leaning all my weight on Jesus, instead of carrying all those concerns myself, there’s a certain sense of calm and peace.
This picture of “leaning your weight upon” is the same image we have of John “lying on Jesus’ breast” in John 13:25. And in Mark 4:38 when Jesus is in the boat, “asleep on a pillow.” These images of reclining and resting are of leaning one’s weight on something or Someone.
Remember that trust exercise that was popular quite a while back? The one where you stood and leaned backward, falling into the arms of someone who would catch you and stop you from crashing to the floor? (And I’m sure you also saw some of the spoofs where someone does crash to the floor!)
Well, Jesus never, ever lets you fall. He is always there. He never leaves you. Which means, He is always there to lean your weight upon.
He invites us to rest our weight on Him, as much and as often as necessary. In some circumstances it my be a moment by moment leaning. Some days it may be an attitude of faith we commit to, to just lean ourselves upon Him this day.
Whenever I lean my weight on Him I find that it’s comfortable there.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:10-13, KJV