Scripture: John 5: 19-29
Key Verse: John 5:24 “Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Reflection: Speaking to the Jewish leaders who opposed him, Jesus emphasizes the authority that God had given him. He is clear that he does nothing of his own accord, but only what God wants him to do. We can only imagine the Pharisee’s rage as he states that he is equal with God. They wanted to kill him. Jesus continually points back to God as the source of life and eternal life. At the end of this passage, there is reference to the future resurrection of all believers.
The focus today is on verse 24 and the gift of eternal life to all who hear and believe. Many people think of eternal life as heaven – something that we experience after we die. But, eternal life is a gift that we can experience now through new life in Jesus Christ. Eternal life changes our perspective and informs our actions and choices. It is a gift we are given when we are alive and a gift that promises a future resurrection after we die. Eternal life assures us that God knows who we are and that we belong to God. The question is: are we hearing? Do we listen to Jesus’ words and act on them? The more we discover about Jesus, the more we learn about God. The more we listen for God and devote ourselves to God, the more we will experience eternal life now. We can live with a deep and profound joy even in the bad times when we live out this precious gift in our everyday activities. Hear Jesus’ words of hope and pass from death to life.
Prayer: Almighty God, help us to hear your voice through the teachings of Jesus so that we might have eternal life now. May others see your saving grace in us as we live out our faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].