Daily Word #3: The Life
In John 11:25-26, explains what Jesus meant by saying He is the Way, the truth, and the life. Jesus told a heartbroken Martha, after her brother Lazarus had died four days earlier, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26), so Jesus is eternal life for all who believe (John 3:16), and death will not prevent them from seeing the Lord again. Death is not final, it is a beginning. Actually the very beginning of eternal life began at the moment God brought someone to repentance and faith in Christ. That newly birthed child of God then, already, has eternal life. Jesus is not speaking about a physical body…but an eternal life after death. The Apostle John equated Jesus as “the life,” in writing, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
If you want to focus on the part where Jesus is life, then read the gospel of John because it’s best by far since it contains 43 references to “life,” which is more than all the other gospels combined. Jesus gives every person a choice to make: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). So “life” is that which is eternal, and wrath is received in hell, but it’s also eternal, but more like an eternal death or dying (even destruction). When something’s destroyed, it doesn’t mean it ceases to exist.
One life is eternal life in the presence of God, the other is the absence of the presence of God, although God is actually everywhere. It’s more of a separation from God, but tragically, it is for all eternity, without hope to change.
Christians must not deviate from their stand on Jesus being the only way into the kingdom. Just be glad there is a way, and if someone criticizes you for that “narrow minded thinking,” tell them, “At least there is “a” way. Besides, this isn’t my opinion…this is straight from Jesus’ lips. If you don’t believe He is the only Way, then you do not believe Jesus.” Jesus is the only Way, He is the Way, and there is no other name given to us by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12; 16:30).