Life Eternal in God’s Word

John 8: 51-59
Gn 17:3-9 / Ps 105

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.
(John 8:51)

Life is but a drop of water
In the ocean of eternity.
If we want to live forever,
Let God’s Word guide our life’s destiny.

Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets; yet you say, `Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is your God. But you have not known him; I know him. If I said, I do not know him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” The Jews then said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple area (John 8: 51-59).

Reflection

As the Word of God, Jesus lived a dangerous life. Indeed, living by the Word of God is no walk in the park. It is a lifetime’s journey, a daily struggle to make His Word take complete control of our life. It’s a project known only to God; we can only trust and pray, and “ponder on His Word day and night” (Psalm 1). Jesus said “if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death” (Jn. 8:51). Everyone who abides by the Word of Jesus Christ has eternal life. All creation will pass away, but we who believe in Him will live forever.

As I stood on the beach one morning, catching my breath after a long jog, the beauty of the morning sun coming up from the flat horizon gave me pause to ponder my life – like a drop of water, no, a speck of sand in this vast ocean of God’s creation. How can this speck of microscopic being, in the vastness of the universe, no more significant than a particle of sand beneath my feet, have any importance to the Maker of all these? And yet, didn’t our Lord say: “Even the hairs of your head are counted” (Mt.10:31); and “Even if a mother forgets her infant, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of My hands I have written your name” (Isaiah 49:15-16)?

During this time of Lent, let us ponder on what we have to do in order to be worthy of God’s great love and be assured of His kingdom’s inheritance. First, we must believe in the Covenant of His Word. Yes, by reading God’s Word, we receive the gift of faith and understanding to grow in our knowledge of Him. As Jesus challenged the Jews to accept His word as the revelation of God, so He invites us to know Him personally through Holy Scriptures. For me, the Word of God will continue to be a daily preoccupation, writing about it, sharing it with others through SMS and email, and declaring His Good News of salvation in the assembly of our community.

“Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:15). Amen.

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