When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?

Jesus Christ is the most important thing in this world.  He is “the way, the truth and the life.”  He not a way.  He is not a truth.  He is not a life.  He is it.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

As Aaron Budjen says, “He’s not the consolation prize.”  As believers in Him, as followers of Him, as His children . . . He truly is all that we need.

“‘…However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?'” (Luke 18:8b)

There are so many things in this life that can distract us from the simple fact that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  These things begin to take priority in our lives; these other things — as “good” as they may be — become more important to us than Jesus.

Those things are “a knowledge of good and evil.”  Remember that tree that mankind was forbidden to eat from?  When we live by a knowledge of good and evil, by doing what is right and not doing what is wrong, by adhering to rules,  by living according to commandments, by joining the right group, by being accepted by the right people . . . whatever ‘system of good and evil’ that governs your life, it will kill your faith in Jesus.

So He asks, “When I return, will I find anyone who trusts me?”  Anyone!?

Isn’t that scary!?  I certainly do not want to be in that category; I don’t want to be counted among those who have no faith.  I want to live my life in response to what He has shown me to be true, and what He is presently showing me . . . as He guides me into all truth.

Father, we want to be branches that bear fruit; branches that are well nourished by Your love, and that bear the fruit of the Spirit.

“‘Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.'” (John 15:2)

Father, prune us that we may bear more fruit; that we may know you better.

“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15)

What little fox is in my life that is preventing me from trusting you today?

I want You to be the only WAY I live; the only TRUTH I believe in; the only LIFE I devote myself to.  Nothing else is as important as You.

Jesus gives life

“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?

Finding “Real Life” in Jesus Christ

Jesus said that He wants us to have life, and to have it more abundantly, right? I took an entire class on this verse while in Bible College.

That class was useless.  In fact, I didn’t learn much of anything about the true and living God during my four years at Bible College.

Real learning for me happened after I began homeschooling. I thank homeschooling for my real education. During those years I learned to make sense of the Bible, but I also learned that ‘learning’ is fun!  Honeybee colonies, and galaxies, and the difference between object pronouns and subject pronouns…so many wonderful things to learn!

Most importantly, after about seven years of homeschooling, I learned that my devotion to Christianity’s rules and regulations had turned me into a raging meanie who had lost touch with reality.

That was an important thing to learn because God used that awareness to bring me back to Him. Real life began again. He reminded me of the joy of my salvation; He once again provided me with that glorious joy that only He can give.

I began to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. As I grew to know Him and His love for me, and perhaps more importantly, His acceptance of me, I began to understand what Jesus meant when He said that ‘He came so that we might have life.’

There is no real life apart from the Lord.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the resurrection and the life.

John 5:26 also talks about this “real life.”

“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.”

Life begins by responding to Him in faith, and by believing in what He has already done for you: Jesus Christ died, was buried and then He rose again.  When you believe in the gospel you receive spiritual life.  The life that you receive is Him, His Spirit.

Real life begins there… and it never ends.  We have been given an eternal life.  As we walk in the Spirit, we are trusting Him.  We trust Him today, tomorrow and we will trust Him for all of eternity.

Let’s continue trusting Him every day and in every circumstance.