John 5:24…. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Grace… incalculable and eternal… for so deep in the heart of God we cannot really comprehend it…. Love as deep as space and time itself… limitless…
That the God of the Universe, the creator of all things, the Alpha and the Omega could look down upon me and say that if I simply hear his word and believe in God…Jesus Christ we have eternal salvation and will not be condemned….
And that upon my death I will pass back into life… This is one of the most profound statements in the bible…. on a par with John 3:16 that God gave his only son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
The heart wrenching simplicity of that revelation… That the eternal God…. loves each one of us individually… enough to have allowed his only son to pass through the horror of crucifixion in order that my soul can live on with him.
Who am I Lord that I should merit such favor? The answer is simple… I am no one…. no better than the next man or woman… much worse than some… yet that is the gift… The greatest gift of all times…
The little video I am going to post is hard to watch… as would have been the crucifixion… as you watch the anguish in the father’s face reflecting the torment in his heart… perhaps it will be put on a more human and, thus, understandable scale….