Eternal Life is not a Goal to be Achieved,
It is a Gift to be Received
During the 16th century, the Spanish explorer by the name of Juan Ponce de Leon embarked a quest to search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The fountain is said to restore youth and prolong life, a legend that can be traced all the way back from 5th century BC. Never was it found… until Jack Sparrow pursued it.
Man throughout history had attempted to find a cure for this dreadful disease called death. I call it the equalizer as it doesn’t respect the rich and the poor, it surely comes to visit everyone. Death is the cessation of our one precious life and everything that is attached to it (fame, money, investments, family, and friends… to name a few). No wonder why dying is the last thing we desire to do. Agree? The fact is, nobody wants to die and we are dead scared of it. Is there any such hope for us? Is death the end of it all?
Lazarus of Bethany is dead. His sisters Mary and Martha mourned. And people around gathered to comfort the bereaved.
When Jesus heard the news of Lazarus’ death, he came to visit the place. Fascinating words he said to the disheartened Martha, “Your brother will rise again.”. Then proceed to claim, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”. Yes, responded Martha.
Jesus came to the tomb where his dear friend’s body lay. “Take away the stone,” He said. They rolled the stone away and the stunk of a four-day dead body filled the air. With a loud voice, Jesus exclaimed: “Lazarus, come out!” — the dead Lazarus heard him and walked out of the tomb. The crowd was astonished. Bewildered as to what they witnessed with their bare eyes. How can that be? Everyone must have asked.
How can it not be, if the one who calls the dead is life himself?
The death and resurrection of Lazarus was just a preview of the real event. History tells us that Lazarus died the second time, and in his grave in Larnaca, Cyprus, an inscription is written, “Lazarus: Four days dead and the friend of Christ”.
That profound event that made its mark in history is the resurrection of Jesus. The one who claimed to be the resurrection and the life proved himself true and his claims genuine. He died, was buried, rose the third day and ascended back to heaven ( 1 Corinthians 15:4, John 14:3 ). Eye witnesses who later became believers died willingly proclaiming the message of resurrection and eternal life ( Acts 26:22-23 ). In fact, the spread of Christianity is rooted and grounded from the validity of the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.
The Life ( Found )
Unlike the popular belief that religion taught us, eternal life is not something that we seek to earn and achieve. The good wishes to be qualified while the bad is condemned and doomed — Dead wrong. For eternal life is a person. A free gift sent from the Father above, wrapped in his son Jesus Christ, and is offered to the undeserving, out of His grace, mercy, and love (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5).
Jesus said “…I came to seek and to save the lost” and the Apostle Paul added, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus branded himself as the friend of sinners and he came for the very purpose of bringing life to them, for man in his very state is dead ( Romans 6:23 ).
Jesus’ gave up his life on the cross so he can impart it to us ( Ephesians 2:5 ) and right now He is asking you the same question that he asked Martha — “Do you believe that I am the resurrection and life?”.
For to the one who believes, receives ( John 1:12, John 3:16 ) and to the one who receives, lives… forever. Invite Jesus to come into your heart and receive his life and the abundant ( full and meaningful ) life that he promised ( John 10:10 ).
1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”