Sunday 21 March
Jesus is the greatest because he gives eternal life
John 3v30-36 (ICB)
30 Jesus must become greater. And I must become less important.
31 The One who comes from above is greater than all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and talks about things on the earth. But the One who comes from heaven is greater than all. 32 He tells what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts what he says.
33 The person who accepts what he says has proven that God is true. 34 God sent him, and he tells the things that God says. God gives him the Spirit fully.
35 The Father loves the Son and has given him power over everything. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life. But he who does not obey the Son will never have that life. God’s anger stays with him.
How about learning v30 through a cheesy dance video?!
Here, John the Baptist shows why Jesus is so much more important than we are.
He says 2 things:
Jesus is more important than us because he came from heaven.
Jesus is more important than us because he can take us to heaven.
v36 is really clear: there are only 2 options in life. Either we accept Jesus and believe in him or we reject him. If we believe we receive eternal life. If we reject Jesus we won't receive eternal life because only Jesus can take away God's anger at my sins.
No wonder Christians are so grateful to Jesus and want to lift his name on high!