The Word for today:
mark this: John 17:3–
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
In the Bible, the opposite of “life” is “Hell.”
“Life” in the Bible means “relationship.” And not just any relationship. It means a relationship with the true God! It means that our relationship with God, broken by sin, is restored through the blood of Jesus.
Eternal death, on the other hand, does not mean that we cease to exist or that we cease to be conscious. It means that we are forever separated from God.
In the Bible, physical realities are pictures of spiritual realities. In the physical realm, we know that there is no life without relationship. If that isn’t apparent to you, then ask your Mom or Dad (not the kids on the school bus!) about the birds and the bees. They’ll understand what you mean.
If Adam never “knew” Eve, Cain would never have been born:
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” (1)
If we don’t “know” Jesus Christ–have a personal relationhip with him–we are not born again:
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (2)
If you want to live, really live–both in the “here and now” and forever–then open the door of your heart and get that relationship started today:
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (3)
Jesus isn’t just the way to life. Jesus is life itself:
I am the way, the truth, and the life. (4)
(1) Genesis 4:1; (2) John 17:3; (3) Revelation 3:20; (4) John 14:6a