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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Benefit of Believing

In review of John 11:25-26 it says, “I am the one who raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again. He is given eternal life for believing in me and shall never perish.”

Bottom Line:
Eternal life is found in Jesus. He raises the dead and gives life again. Those who live in and believe in him will live, even if when they die physically.

What this means to me:
Jesus tells me that he is the one who raises the dead and gives life again. As I live in and believe in him, even though they physically die, will live again and have eternal life.

I am finding that there are many benefits to my believing in Jesus and having a relationship with him. But even if there were nothing else, there would still be this, and it’s a really big deal: When I believed in Jesus Christ, I was guaranteed eternal life. Now my eternity is sealed because of Jesus’ Resurrection.

It is through Jesus bringing himself back to life that changed everything. It literally split history into A.D. and B.C. It’s the most important event. And, it proved three things.

First, it proved that Jesus is exactly who he claimed to be. He repeatedly said he was the Son of God who came to die for our sins. And he did just that.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most well documented events in history. It would stand up in any court of law. In fact it has many, many times throughout centuries.

The Resurrection also proved that Jesus keeps his promises. Jesus told his disciples that he was going to let the people kill him and that he would come back to life. If he kept that promise, then I know that I can trust the other promises in the Word of God.

The third thing the Resurrection proves is that there is life after death. If Jesus Christ hadn’t resurrected, I would have no hope for the future.

Jesus said in John 11:25-26b, “I am the one who raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again. He is given eternal life for believing in me and shall never perish” (TLB).

Where else will I find a promise like that? Nowhere! Who else can give that to me? No one! If I don’t get it from Jesus, I won’t have it. That is an amazing benefit, that is available today, because I believe in him.

If you are reading this and you want to make a decision to believe in Jesus Christ and follow him, just pray this prayer: “Dear Jesus, you have promised that if I believe in you, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in Heaven one day.

I confess my sin, and I believe that you are God, my Savior. I receive you into my life as my Lord. Today I’m turning over every part of my life to your management. You have the right to call the shots in my life. Jesus, I want to relax in your love.

Thank you that I don’t have to earn it or deserve it or work for it. I want to use the rest of my life to serve you rather than serving myself. I humbly commit my life to you and ask you to save me and accept me into your family. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

In summary, Eternal life is found in Jesus. He raises the dead and gives life again. Those who live in and believe in him will live, even if when they die physically.

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