1Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Have you noticed the theme of eternal life in the teachings and emphasis of Jesus Christ? We get caught up with the Babe in the manger at Christmas and the crucifixion and resurrection at Easter but when do we focus on this primary theme of eternal life? I have seen people line up and walk by a statue of Jesus, touching the statue, kissing their hand and touching it again. Do they have eternal life or just a religion?
We love John 3:16. The emphasis of it is eternal life. We are thrilled that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. But don’t miss the emphasis that whosoever believes in Him has everlasting life!
Jesus came to pay our sin debt so we could live with God both now and forever. I John 5:12 says that he who has the Son has life. Eternal life begins the moment one’s sins are removed by the blood of Jesus through the grace of God. The message of Christ is this, “You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
The question we should have for people is not about their church but about eternal life. For if Jesus came to give eternal life to all who would believe on Him, that He is God in the flesh and that He died to save them from their sins, they can be saved thus obtaining eternal life. So we can ask those around us if they have eternal life. Their answer to this question will let us know if they do or not and we can then ask them if we can tell them how they can have eternal life.
Since Jesus came to give us eternal life, do you have eternal life, today, right now?
On Monday the bulldozer cleaning up the parkway in the construction behind my house cut the cable for our internet. I sat down yesterday to write and send the devotional and did not have internet. As you can see, they did fix it later in the day. It was quiet around here Monday night for we did not have phone, internet nor TV. It was really kind of nice.
Mr. Trumps greatest challenge is not going to be setting up his office but convincing Americans that he is not the wrong President. Pray for our country. This unrest is without precedent here. We have seen huge demonstrations in other countries but we have never had this kind of movement. We need to see God at work in people’s lives, beginning in the oval office. Pray for the peace of God to come on Americans who are living in bitterness and fear.
Tonight we will gather for prayer as a church at 7:00. Remember our youth in your prayers as they are facing spiritual battles every day. Some are falling away while others are standing firm. Keep them all in your prayers and reach out to them when you can.
Have a great day in the Lord,