And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
The profundity of this claim cannot be gainsaid. It is almost unfathomable. We are of a race of creatures who die. It’s all we know. From the time a baby is born all who know him understand that eventually he will die. Everything here dies. It’s a curse we accept and with which we live. We’ve even created fanciful linguistic approaches to this fact saying things like, “even death is a part of the ‘circle of life'”. No one really believes such nonsense but somehow it salves our conscience when we regard the unnatural fact of death as just another part of ‘life’. It’s quite stupid actually. We all die and accept it as fact. We truly have no choice. The honest person knows deep inside that death seems wrong. We dread it in others and refuse to think about our own. We would rather not talk about it please. Death is only a dinner conversation piece among the morbid, strange and so-called ‘highly enlightened’. We know death. We deal with death. Yet, no one really likes to think about it and no sane person wants to experience it.
Jesus looks at this awful dilemma of a curse and addresses it head on. Those who believe in Him will live even in spite of physical death. Physical death for the believer in Christ is just a blip on the timeline. This claim by Christ boggles the mind and causes many to snicker and reject such an absurd notion. To believe in One who offers life forever via a cross is foolish. Ask almost anyone. Even His closest followers considered themselves ‘fools for Christ’. The cross itself appears quite foolish to the so-called educated mind. Eternal life via death? Ridiculous! Yet, Lord Jesus never blinks. He never wavers. He brought up the subject so it cannot be explained away as some pipe dream of Martha. He doesn’t mince words. He doesn’t go into detail. He simply offers eternal life and then validates the truth of the offer by His own death, burial and resurrection. The historical evidence for this is abundant.
Don’t be deceived: there is no promise that is more amazing.
Get life – forever.