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God is Eternal, the Source of Life

Day Eight
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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The One True God is eternal; He has no beginning or end. We are eternal beings because God created us eternal beings.

Before the mountains were born, or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God... "Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning..." Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 46:9-10 NASB®

It is clear God created Adam and Eve, as well as all of us to have eternal life. We were made to live eternally with God, but something happened. In Genesis 2:16-17, God gave Adam and Eve just one command that they needed to obey, or lose eternal life. They were not to eat fruit from one tree in the garden that was full of other lovely fruit trees. However, they chose to eat from the tree that God had told them not to. A world-wide nuclear war would have had less life changing effects on all of us. Their disobedience against God brought sin into the world, followed by death. Immediately humankind went from eternal life to death. (Romans 5:12)

Jesus Christ is the source of all life, and without Him there would be no life. Jesus holds all things together. I have wondered what would happen if Jesus didn't hold things together? Have you?

All things came into being through Him (Jesus)... In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men... Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. Him all things hold together. John 1:3-4, 14:6; Colossians 1:17 NASB®

Jesus Christ brought eternal life back to all who know Him. God, the source of all life, took on death for us, so we could again have eternal life instead of eternal death. Have you ever thought about this reality? Without Jesus and His death we would have a hellish future. (John 3:16-18, 17:3)

...dealing out retribution to those who do not know God...These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed... 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 NASB®

The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11, shows that God has the power to change death to life. This gives us the everlasting hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ. John 11:17-45 is summarized below.

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days...Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God..." Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. So the Jews were saying, "See how He loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?"... So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me." When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. NASB®

This story also shows the beautiful picture of God's compassionate love for us, by His weeping over the peoples suffering from the consequences of death. Remember, God didn't want us to die. Does God's compassionate love change your view of Him? It did mine! Years ago when I realized the fervent love God had for me, it changed my Christian walk. I went from being thankful for my salvation (deliverance from our sins) to a love affair with my God. That is the reason I have spent years on writing about God's love.


Life Application:

Quickly read John 11:17-45. Describe Jesus as the source of life from this passage. Does this Bible passage give you hope for a happily ever after eternity? Why? It always has for me.

Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-23, 35-58. These passages describe what Jesus Christ gave to us through His death and resurrection - the hope of eternal life with a heavenly resurrected body. Remember, Jesus said in John 11:25-26, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die." What does Jesus say to do to have life? Do you have the hope of a resurrected body? I do, and hope you do too!


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