“If God is there, I wish he would do something to tell me so and help me to understand what he is like …”
Perhaps you’ve felt like that yourself. But perhaps you haven’t known where to look. The Christian message is firmly rooted in history. It tells us that God has acted dramatically to make himself known, that he has stepped into our world in the person of Jesus. That is an astonishing claim and one that has to demand our closest attention. One of Jesus’ names for himself was the Son and one of the writers in the Bible tells us that:
In these final days God has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom he also created the material universe. (Hebrews 1, v.2)
This great salvation was at first declared by the Lord [Jesus], and was attested to us by those who heard, while God supported their testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles. (Hebrews 2, v.3b, 4a)
Jesus wonderfully reveals God. But that’s not all. The events of his life are God’s chosen way of restoring our relationship with him.
Those events are the death he suffered on the cross and his subsequent resurrection from the dead (witnessed, the Apostle Paul says, by those still alive when Paul was writing his letter to the church in Corinth, a letter that we can still read today).
We have lived our lives forsaking God and that has put a barrier between him and us. Jesus’ death is God’s chosen way of completely removing that barrier.
Therefore let us approach with confidence the [God’s] throne of gracious favour, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help when we need it. (Hebrews 4, v.16)
Jesus is able to save completely those who draw near to God through him, because he continually lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7, v.25)
We need to do three things, and keep on doing them. We need to turn around to live God’s way in relationship with him, relying on his help and strength for that. We need to accept that Jesus has done everything needed to put right our wrongdoing. And we need to trust his loving offer of never-ending life with him.
If you’re intrigued, want to know more, or are wondering about the historical reliability of the bible, do get in touch.
If you have already turned around and put your faith in the Lord Jesus, please don’t try to ‘go it alone’. God provides so much for us by putting us in a family alongside other Christians. We’re all different and we all have a God-given role to play. At MNC, our aim is for everyone in the church to find a family home where they are loved and supported, and both encouraged and challenged to keep going in the Christian life.
We’d love you to join us.