John 5:24-29 (ESV)
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.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Each summer our family spends a week on the lake in
Wisconsin. One of the highlights is jumping off the boat into the
middle of the lake and cooling off from the heat in the
refreshing water. Last summer our youngest son only hesitantly
entered the water. Though he was wearing a life preserver that
promised to keep him afloat, he entered the water with much
fear and trepidation and was eager to return to the security of the
boat. This year, however, was totally different. This year, there
was no fear or hesitation. He jumped in eagerly. Experience had
taught him that his life preserver was trustworthy. Only when we
told him it was time to get back in the boat did he resist! What a
difference a year makes!
The more we follow Jesus and Jesus’ words, the more
trustworthy we experience him to be. “Very truly, I tell you,”
teaches Jesus, “anyone who hears my word and believes him
who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment,
but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24). The reality of
death can seem overwhelming, even paralyzing, at times. All too
often, the fear of death and all that it means prevents us from
fully experiencing life. Jesus, however, has freed us from the
power of death. As Jesus teaches, those who trust in his words
and the One who sent him have already passed from death to
life. Like a life preserver keeping us afloat, trusting Jesus’ words
frees us to jump into life fully, wholly, without hesitation.
Trusting Jesus’ words frees us to live life without fear.
What is keeping you from trusting Jesus’ words today?
Whatever it is, the power of Jesus’ promises is stronger. Put your
trust fully in him. He will hold you up, even in death.
Lord Jesus, teach me to trust in you and your words. Free me
from my fear to live my life wholly and fully for you. In Jesus’
Written by Pastor Greg Busboom—Lead Pastor