Do you picture Jesus running defence between us and his angry judgmental Father? Listen in as we dismantle that fallacy. Before we come to Christ we are indeed sinners but sinners in the hands of a loving God.
Hi there and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with a Twist. And today, as usual, we’re going to be reading from the New International Version. Just one verse and it’s John 5:24 “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.” So, let’s read this morning context and read this from another translation just so we could get a rounded picture.
So, this is John 5:24 in the New American Standard Bible. “Truly truly I say to you he who here’s my word has eternal life and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life.”
So, let’s go back to the questions we’ve been asking. Who is speaking? Jesus. Who is he speaking to? Verse 18 tells us. “For this cause, therefore, the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him because he not only was breaking the Sabbath, He was calling God his own father making himself equal with God.”
Jesus cements his position and he dispels a modern lie that many people believe about Father God.
So, let’s start in verse 22. “For not even the Father judges anyone but he has given all judgment to the Son in order that all may honour the son, even as they honour the father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. 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.
So many people have a picture in their mind of Jesus running defense between us and an angry Father God who sits behind the judge’s bench with a sour look on his face just waiting to judge us. No.
This says that Jesus is our judge. But then it goes on to say, “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.
So, when we put our faith in God the Father through God the Son, we escape punishment.
What does it mean to ‘believe in Him who sent me.’ It simply means that we lay our lives, our past, the sins that we have committed, the wrongs that we have done to others, along with our present – how we’re living today – and we give Him our future and allow Him to be the Lord of our future. What do we get in exchange? We get peace. We get life. We get love. We get freedom from guilt and shame. We get a new start.
With all apologies to the famous preacher from a couple of centuries ago. We are not sinners in the hands of an angry God. Sin is in the hands of an angry God. The wrath of God was poured out on sin.
If you’re afraid of surrendering your life to God because you see Him as an angry judgmental God who will beat you up if you come to Him and tell him everything that you’ve done, I’m hoping that you will see Him in light of Verse 19. Where Jesus says, “The Son can do nothing of himself, unless it is something he sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does the things the Son also does in like manner.”
Jesus wrath was never borne out on those who knew that they were sinners in need of grace. His anger was only displayed to those who felt that their own righteousness would earn their way into eternal life.
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