This verse serves as a good reminder as we draw closer to the end of the Lenten season. Our Lord Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and anyone who believes in Him will live. This is the whole point of the Easter season. Jesus came and died for us so that we may be reconciled to the Father. However, reconciliation can only take place when we believe in Jesus as the resurrection and the life.
Our faith in Jesus as our source of salvation opens the door to eternal life.
The love that God showed to mankind cannot be understood by our normal human minds. While we were still sinners – in other words, while we rejected God and wanted to do what we wanted to do on our own – He sent His only son to come and die for us so that we can be saved and reconciled to Him. That is the greatest demonstration of love. But we should not be surprised because the Scriptures tell us that God is love. Therefore, if love is His very nature then showing love to such extent will be part of His nature.
Let us embrace the love that our Father has shown to us and demonstrate similar love towards our brothers and sisters on the earth.
Today is Holy Wednesday.
It was on this day that the woman anointed Jesus with expensive perfume in Bethany. It was also on this day that Judas agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. (See Matthew 26:6-16.)
As we remember this day, let us honour the Lord with our most expensive gift. Let us also ensure that we do not betray our Lord Jesus Christ through our actions and words.
Permit me to share this prayer from page 101 of the Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home (1964):
“Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts through wich thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
There is a consequence for everything on this earth and the consequence of sin is death. It is guaranteed that when you live a sinful life and do not accept Jesus Christ as your saviour, you will face death. Death in this context is spiritual and eternal death. But the gift of God, which is also free, is eternal life in Christ Jesus. When we put aside sin and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour, we are guaranteed eternal life. What would you choose: death or life? I choose life.
Let this season have meaning to you; choose life.
This is one of the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. The Scriptures say that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. As the soldiers beat Him up and whipped Him, the prophecy was fulfilled and His wounds became the source of our healing. Because Jesus suffered and was wounded, we do not have to suffer, if only we believe. When we fall sick or feel unwell, we can look to this scripture and the fulfilling of it, and declare our healing.
By His stripes, we are healed.