“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,
even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.” (John 5:21.)
Jesus Christ spoke these words to the religious leaders in Jerusalem after He healed the man at the Pool of Bethesda. The story is told in John chapter 5. I am currently listening to (obsessively, over and over again) a Bible Study on this story.
The Bible Study is by Aaron Budjen of Living God Ministries, and it is available for free as an audio download here.
It is mind blowing to learn all of the subtle details involved in this important healing described in John chapter 5. So, I am writing today to highly recommend that you listen to this 4-part Bible Study; it will only take you a few hours — each message is 25 minutes long.
But, that verse! “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.”
And what about this one, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24)
It is clear. Jesus came to give us life.
His mission on earth was not to show us how to live a perfect life — none of us can ever live up to His standard — but to die for the forgiveness of sins, and then to rise from the dead so that He could make His LIFE available. You receive His life when you believe in the gospel, by responding to Him with faith and trusting completely in His mercy and grace.
The gospel is such good news! We were born spiritually dead, because we are all born in Adam. But we can be made alive by receiving His life — His Holy Spirit — to dwell within us! And that life is eternal.
When you listen to the programs on The Healing at Bethesda you will learn that the man who was healed did not want what Jesus came to offer! The religious leaders, the Scribes and the Pharisees (for the most part) did not want what Jesus came to offer. Most people will reject Him, and will say that the gospel is foolishness. They do not want what Jesus came to offer.
What about you? Have you received His life?