DayBreaks for 2/05/15 – It’s What He Said!
John 8:23 (NIV) – But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.”
We grow up as little children thinking that all things are possible. When someone tells us we can’t fly, we flap our arms and try anyway. If they say we can’t walk on water, we try, don’t we? We don’t like to be told that things are impossible. But that is precisely what Jesus is saying in this passage: without believing that he is who he said he was, we will die in our sins and then we cannot be with him. That’s a hard pill to swallow because it involves two impossibilities: 1) there is no other way to be saved but through Jesus; 2) without believing in him we cannot be saved.
It is popular now to try to find excuses for people who seem to us to be really good folk and we smile and think that they are good enough to go to heaven even though they don’t accept Christ. They may do marvelous things for their fellow humans and for things and beings in the creation. But that doesn’t change the facts.
Perhaps it is because we don’t believe that people really will go to hell without Christ that we don’t tell more people about him. If that’s what we believe, we are calling Jesus a liar. There is NO other way, NO other savior, No other means of salvation. Do I like that? No, I do not. But whether I like it or not has nothing to do with the reality that Jesus is proclaiming. Either he is right, or he is wrong, and if he is wrong there is no point believing him because he’s a liar.
What kind of difference will that awareness, if kept in front of my eyes and in the forefront of my thoughts, make in how I relate to others and whether or not I tell them about Jesus?
PRAYER: How many times have I not told someone about you? Remind me – often – of the truth of your words and the urgency to speak up! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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