Saturday 13 December, 2014

John 3:11-21

11 “What I’m about to tell you is true. We speak about what we know. We give witness to what we have seen. But still you people do not accept our witness. 12 I have spoken to you about earthly things, and you do not believe. So how will you believe if I speak about heavenly things? 13 “No one has ever gone into heaven except the One who came from heaven. He is the Son of Man. 14 Moses lifted up the snake in the desert. The Son of Man must be lifted up also. 15 Then everyone who believes in him can live with God forever. 16 “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. 17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not judged. But anyone who does not believe is judged already. He has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 “Here is the judgment. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light. They loved darkness because what they did was evil. 20 “Everyone who does evil things hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do will be seen. 21 But anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God’s help.”

How is it that I have come to believe in these heavenly things? This news of God’s Kingdom, of a new world that I can be part of. This new way of life, in relationship with God and free from condemnation and slavery to sin. How is it that I could believe any of this is possible?

Divine grace compels me to believe. It bids me to come into a glorious light, despite the fact that all my sins and filth will be exposed. It makes me fall on my face before God in hope, not terror. I don’t know how my heart has been softened to my God, but I know that I now see the poison of my sin and look to God’s only provision for my rescue, Jesus Christ, high and lifted up as the salvation for all humanity who would look to him.

“O Lord my God, you came into the world to woo me. You come again to rule in peace over your redeemed. I believe in these heavenly things,, for you have revealed them to me. Thank you eternally!”

Written by Andrew Mellor

 

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