I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
- John 5:24
The message of Jesus was radical. He came on the scene not to condemn and tell people they were sinners going to hell. This was in stark contrast to the religious leaders of the day.
Rather his message was one of hope, laying out a new framework for living, and reminding people of the love the Father has for them.
In John 5 we see two beautiful truths that are only possible when we listen to Jesus' message and believe that he truly is the Christ promised in the Old Testament. The truth of an eternal life free from condemnation.
It is one thing to promise eternal life, but who would want to live eternally knowing God was going to constantly bring up everything you did wrong in your life.
It is wonderful to know that we are not condemned, but where would we place our hope if we could not live eternally in communion with the Holy Trinity.
Both of these promises, eternal life and no condemation, go beautifully together and become a truth that we must hold fast to as we live out the Gospel each day of our life.
This truth of the Good News we must understand and be able to communicate to the world around us if we have any hope of truly being disciples of Christ. Just as Jesus used these truths as the starting point for sharing his message so must we when we share our story with the world.
We must strive to be Christians With a message of hope and not religious fanatics with a message of rules and condemnation. (see Jesus' Sermon On The Mount - Matthew 5-7)
Jesus, thank you for the gift of eternal life with no condemnation. Help me to rest in this truth daily and be motivated to share it with others I encounter. Help me not to lead with condemnation but rather love and hope.
- When you encounter non-believers is your first instinct to separate yourself and condemn their behavior like the religious leaders of Jesus' day?
- When you encounter non-believers are drawn to them as the "salt of the earth" ready and willing to help what is falling apart and bring hope to what is lost?
- How do these truths of no condemnation and eternal life make you feel?
Make it a great day!