I am so thankful that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. That in him I have eternal life; life that will endure beyond the few short years I have left on earth. An eternity to spend united with God, experiencing his glory and love (John 17:20-26). Can anything be better than that? Lord, I believe!
Many people today do the same thing that the crowd did; they follow Jesus so long as he is feeding them and the going is easy. But when the teaching gets hard, when life gets in the way, or the novelty wears off, they turn back and no longer follow Jesus. But blessed are those who, like the twelve, recognize Jesus as the Holy One of God who brings eternal life. And, like the twelve, they remain steadfast, walking with Jesus wherever he leads.
This is likely one of the best known verses in the Bible. It is also one of the most significant; containing the heart of the gospel. Humanity is a lost and fallen race, unable to do anything to please God, condemned to perish. But God loves us, and not just some of us, but the whole world, everyone in it. God gave his Son, Jesus, to be an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. And anyone who believes in Jesus is delivered from destruction and given eternal life.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” – Acts 16:30-31 NIV The Philippian jailed asked “what must I do to be saved?” And in one form or another it is a question that every believer, and some unbelievers, have asked. What must I do? It is our human tendency to think that we must in some way earn such a great gift, to do something to be worthy of it. But the reality is that there is …