That’s the question my uncle asked me before he baptized me at age 12. It’s the same question I’ve asked every person I’ve had the privilege of baptizing. It’s the same question I’ve heard asked at every baptism I’ve witnessed. The old saying is “familiarity breeds contempt.” I think more often familiarity breeds apathy, or maybe ignorance. For example, do we really grasp the significance of someone saying “Yes” to that question?
I used to worry that just asking if I believed was too easy a question. Shouldn’t we be asking something about commitment to Jesus instead of just belief in Jesus? But when you stop to think about what it really means to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, it changes things. Here’s why an answer to that question is significant…
If I believe that Jesus is the actual Son of God then I believe…
1. He has the authority to forgive sins. At the cross he paid my debt and cleansed my past.
2. He has the power to defeat death. His tomb was found empty and mine will be too one day.
3. What he says is right and true. His teaching has bearing on my life, both now and for eternity.
Can you think of any more?