Jesus Christ is the Only Person Who Can Give Us Life
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:11-12).
Life is found in Jesus Christ–nowhere else. It’s that simple and that clear. This is a sticking point for many people. They claim there is more than one way to God. But it misses the point. Our need is life. Jesus is the only person who can give us life. As Paul noted in his defense of the resurrection, Jesus is "a life-giving spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45).
If you are struggling with this idea, maybe this illustration will help. Cancer is a horrible disease. Research teams all over the world are feverishly working to find a cure. Let’s say that a research team in Chicago discovers the cure. They develop a drug and have exclusive rights to administer it to any person willing to travel to their facilities.
What would you tell someone who had cancer? "If you want to be cured, go to Chicago."
"Well, what about all those fine research teams in Atlanta, London, and Hong Kong?"
"They may be doing fine work, but they don’t have the cure for cancer. There is only one place to go, and that is to the cancer research facility in Chicago. Those who go get cured. Those who don’t go there don’t get cured."
Jesus couldn’t have said it any clearer. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). He is the way out of death into life. He is the way out of darkness into light. He is the cure the world needs.
Here is the good news. If you have confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and have believed in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you too have crossed over from death to life. You have received the cure!
You can live differently, because Jesus lives in you.
I wrote Simple Gospel, Simply Grace to help believers break free from a life of struggle and frustration, of fear and doubt - to truly live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing in every way.
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