Today’s Reading: John 5
Key Verse: John 5:24
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
We move from “perishing” to “everlasting life.” Jesus teaches that by believing we move from “death unto life.” Seven times in John 3, 4, & 5 Jesus repeats His eternal or everlasting life promise. He really wants us to know the facts about our future as believers in Him. Since the sin of our first parents, we, as a human family, have moved in the opposite direction. We’ve gone from life to death. But in Jesus, that direction of destruction has been reversed, both in this life and in the hereafter. The example of the man with the 38-year-long infirmity shows us the “death unto life” principle at work in our physical bodies in the here and now. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day failed to understand that Jesus came to turn what was the normal process around 180 degrees. By believing in Jesus, the new normal is “Life.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I believe in You. I give You my entire life for both time and eternity. I believe You for the healing of my body, my soul and my spirit, a complete turn around from death to life. Please continue to give me the gift of faith to believe, 24/7, that this is a fact and that nothing will ever change this fact. This assurance fills me with joy. Thank You, Jesus. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I know the power of Jesus’ life in my physical healing and in the lives of others. Marina, of Sudbury, Ontario, called on me, her pastor, to pray for her newborn son. I’ll never forget putting my hands in the gloves of the incubator and laying them on the child who was born with a hole in his heart. The very next day, I received a call that the hole had closed and her baby’s heart was perfect. Jesus promised, “…they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18b). The October 15, 2012 cover of Newsweek magazine read, “A Doctor’s Experience Of The Afterlife.” In it a doctor shares that during a seven-day coma in which his cortex shut down, while under intense medical observation, he experienced, “a sound, huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it.” This out-of-body experience is not new. But here is a major secular news magazine reporting the facts regarding a neurosurgeon’s near death-to-life happening.
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