2021_10_27 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- John 3-4
In our reading this week we come across probably the most quoted verse in the Bible, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT) This simple sentence sums up the message of Bible and why Jesus came. It is essential that we grasp the meaning of the word “believe”, or we severely miss the point. The Biblical idea of believe means to continually place our trust in Jesus. It isn’t a one-time thing, but on-going dependence. Often people will have affection or admiration for Jesus, maybe even deep respect, but these responses aren’t enough to fulfil Jesus’ definition of believe.
Later in the chapter He explains, “And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” John 3:36 (NLT) Jesus equates believing with obeying. We don’t like the word “obey” because it interferes with our desire to be independent and free. To obey seems uncomfortably restrictive and limiting. But please don’t miss this: Jesus came to rescue us from the result of our living by our own insight, desires, plans and thinking. We are free to live that way, but not free from the consequence - separation from God. It is only when we surrender to the One who came to rescue us, and believe/trust/obey Him, that we discover the good life God offers us. God is pure, holy and righteous, and only those who have had their sin forgiven can be close to Him. Because we could never accomplish this on our own, He provided the way through the living sacrifice of His son Jesus. Obeying Him shows we have accepted His leadership in our life. Jesus isn’t interested in us being impressed with Him, or being fans - He invites us to become followers.