31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
I love how this passage is a little cryptic, yet with some reflection becomes very clear. John proclaims that Jesus came from heaven and spoke with a higher authority than those who are simply human authorities speaking from observation not from mere theories and that he spoke the words of God.
Jesus is clearly superior in every way. This leads to the conclusion that is stark in its abruptness yet releasing when engaged with that believers in Jesus have eternal life and those who reject, in context those who do not believe will never have eternal life. We may find this abrupt, we may find this with no weasel room and so it should be. SO my clear application is – do you believe in Jesus, not just give Him mental assent, but truly follow Him with all your heart? For in Him is found life!
Father help each of us to follow Jesus with all that we are.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta