His commandment is eternal life.

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment--what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.

In a sense the miraculous works and teachings of Christ judge the world yet today. When one reads of his compassion and shuts up their heart to it they pronounce a judgment on themselves. Every time a person dismisses one of his miracles as a myth they further embrace judgment. When I think of this I think about these actions I think of a person that builds prison walls brick by brick until they are no longer able to see the light of day. They have imprisoned themselves by their own judgments of Christ.

Thanks be to God these prison walls can be broken down by the power of Christ. When one believes the walls are broken down, the darkness is gone and the glorious light of Christ shines and illuminates all. When one receives the teachings and miraculous works of Christ they receive the Father himself. These are given, as Jesus teaches us today, eternal life. No longer imprisoned in the darkness of disobedience these are free to embrace the commandment of the Father - the life giving commandment of eternal life.

Teach me today Lord to embrace the commandment of eternal life.

1 comment:

  1. Your remarks remind me of the dwarfs in the last book (The Last Battle) of C. S. Lewis' series the Chronicles of Narnia. They become more and more suspicious about everything until at last them are unable to be convinced by anything God (pictured in the person of Aslan)tries to do for them. How easy it is to wall ourselves in brick by brick.


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