Jesus Christ is Life (1:4) and it is only through Him that man can be saved. The way (John 14:6) is exclusive, that is, there is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved from sin and death (Acts 4:12). This salvation from sin and from death was the very purpose for which Jesus came, the very reason that the Father sent Jesus (3:16-19, 36) was because He loved the world so much. John identified Jesus as the ‘Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” (1:36) which is a description of the prophetic fulfillment of the Passover- one of the Jewish festivals that foreshadowed God’s promise of salvation to the world. Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, was sent to take away our sins, and to save us from death. Indeed, Jesus Christ was slain from the foundation of the world, showing that God’s eternal purpose was to save His people from their sins.
There have been many other religions before and since that have promised to earn their god’s favor through a system of keeping rules and following laws. Even the Jewish religion for many of its followers and contemporaries of Jesus believed that the keeping of the Torah and even the extra rules that came from the Priests and traditions would earn God’s favor. From the very beginning, as we learn in the book of John, Salvation is a work of God (John 1:12 3:3,) that is accomplished through Jesus. One must believe, that is, they must have knowledge of the true Jesus, they must put Him on, and with their will follow Him. No one can do this unless they are drawn by God (John 6:44). The people who are drawn by God will hear the voice of Jesus (John 10:27-28) and they enter into God’s family only through Jesus (John 10:7, 14:6) and they follow Him and abide in Him (John 15:1-5). When we respond to the call of God, and we repent (turn) from trust in ourselves, trust in our own goodness, trust our way of doing things, and trust in Christ alone, God will grant us eternal life in His Son, Jesus. (John 1:4; 3:15–16, 36; 4:14, 36; 5:24, 26, 39–40; 6:27, 33, 35, 40, 47–48, 51, 53–54, 68; 8:12; 10:10, 25, 28; 11:25; 12:25, 50; 14:6; 17:2–3; 20:31). If you have the Son, you have life. If you do not have Jesus, you do not have life. It is just that simple. From the beginning of this blog series, I have stated the theme of the book of John from 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
This is the very reason we have traveled through these pages together. Everything is vain, life is worthless outside of Jesus Christ. We can labor to be good and please God with our lives. We can be recognized as good by our church, our parents, our friends and our families. We can be the most charitable, and the most loving people around. We can graduate with honors, have a good marriage, raise good kids, and have a wonderful reputation in the world. Outside of salvation provided in Jesus Christ it all means nothing. If you do not believe, you will not, indeed you cannot, have life. Do you have life in His name?
Finally, as followers of Jesus Christ, ultimately our call is to continue Jesus’ mission by the indwelling Holy Spirit. There are many things that Jesus accomplished while He was on the earth, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called to even greater things by His name. We have been sent (John 17:18) in His name into the world. We have the privilege to reap (John 4:38) where others have sown. We get to bear fruit as we abide in Him (John15:16) and the fruit we bear in Him will remain. He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit as He has sent us in his name (John 20:21-22). Why has he sent us in His name? Because we are here to complete his mission, to accomplish what He has called us to do. Through Him, the story is still being written by us when we share the good news with others and they repent and put their trust in Him. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives through us and in us so that Christians become more like Him and testifies through their words and their lives that Jesus Christ is King. The world really cannot contain the stories and the powerful impact of the grace of God that has been manifested through His Bride each and every day and over the years. If you are part of His Bride you are part of the continuing story. What are you doing for Christ? What story is being written in you and through you?
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