Who is the most amazing person you know or have met?
When John sat down to write his gospel about Jesus he said some pretty amazing things about him. Things that have never been said about anyone else in all of human history. John said that Jesus was with God in heaven, and that Jesus is God. John said that Jesus created everything. And then on top of all that John said this:
John 1:4. In him was life…
Were you able to name the most amazing person you could think of? Was it a famous athlete or movie star? Or maybe a really awesome friend or family member.
But no matter who you named, and no matter how great and awesome they are, you can never say the things about them that John said about Jesus. We might say that someone has a great life, that they have lived a good life, or that they make life better for others. We might even say that they have learned a lot in life and can teach us how to live a better life. But we can never say what John says about Jesus about anyone else – Jesus IS life.
Only Jesus IS life.
Jesus didn’t just live a good life (he did). And Jesus doesn’t just show us how to live a good life (he does). Jesus is so much more. He IS life. And he offers us his own eternal life.
Yes, eternal life. But Jesus’ eternal life is not you living forever as you are right now, stuck forever in all your sin and selfishness. That would be very bad. Jesus’ eternal life is you living forever in his perfect awesomeness. Living forever with Jesus’ same relationship with God. Jesus’ ability to love. Jesus’ ability to be good. Jesus’ kindness. Jesus’ happiness. Jesus’ hope and peace. Living forever like Jesus is very good.
But how? How do we get to have Jesus as our life? How do we get to be like Jesus forever and ever? John explains it this way:
John 1:12-13. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
To have Jesus as your life you have to believe in him. You have to receive him and his life as a free gift. That means you have to trust in him and his life instead of trusting in your own life.
If you offered your own life to God to be judged, you would fail every time because God will see all your thousands and thousands of sins. But if you offered Jesus’ life to God as a replacement for your own life, then God would only see Jesus’ perfect, and good, and loving life. Jesus offers you his life so that you can offer it back to God.
Do you want to receive Jesus’ life and replace your life with his? I hope you do. Why not tell Jesus that right now if you never have before?
Because of Jesus we can have his eternal life of love and goodness.
With Jesus we can live a life of love and goodness as we trust his love for us.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Here’s a great song to sing together about life in Jesus!
You are life. Thank you for giving your life for mine.
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