If someone were to ask me why I believe in God, I think I would consider it for a moment and then probably say that it is because of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The four gospels present a person who is everything good, who has fought their demons and won. A person that I want to follow and to be like; although not as an exact image because I would not then be me. Anyway, it would be impossible to be exactly like him, for, as he said, “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” (John Ch.8 V.46). How could I possibly make any such claim?
I have wondered who could prove me guilty of sin?
- Family? I expect so.
- People I have worked with? Possibly.
- Fellow believers? Umm; not sure; try to be on best behaviour there.
- God? Definitely.
- Myself? Goes without saying.
So where does this knowledge lead us?
Back to the Lord Jesus Christ, “who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and father.” (Galatians Ch.1 V.4)
If we look at the gospel of Matthew Chapter 6, we find something we must do to effect this rescue and it is found in the way of prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. In Verse 12 we read “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” and he commented on this (V.14,15) “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
So it IS about following the ways of God the Father and being like The Lord Jesus Christ, his son, who while hanging in agony on the cross prayed of those who had put him there “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke Ch.23 V.14).
What could happen in our world if Jesus were to come to us, now, in this present age?
In that prayer to his Father in Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus also said (as he was teaching us to say) “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The Lord Jesus Christ knew he would come back to create that Kingdom, but he could not tell his followers when. He did, though, tell them what to expect and there is every possibility that you could experience the answer to that question.
All quotations taken from The Holy Bible, NIV 2011 edition