“The life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-” (1 John 1:2)
This is incredible! Can you imagine being in heaven and looking down saying, “well I think I’ll go and be mocked for 33 years, then be spat on, then beaten beyond recognition, then have some big thorns pressed into my head, then be whipped with leather and metal, then hang on a cross, then stabbed with a spear.” Can you believe t hat this was God’s plan so that man could enter into eternal life? It’s hard to, because we cannot comprehend eternal life. God promises us eternal life if we only believe in Jesus as Messiah and submit to His perfect will. You see, counterfeits will not enter into heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:22-23) Jesus didn’t play around regarding sin while He was here on earth. He didn’t take sin lightly. In John 3:3 Jesus told the Pharisees that they were going to hell if they were not “Born Again”. It is not about playing religion; today is not a dress rehearsal where we get another shot. It is all about a real and personal relationship with Jesus being Lord (Master), and Savior of our lives.
Pastor Gerry Brown