Navigating Life's Path with Jesus

Crossing from Death to Life

DAILY DEVOTIONS

8/24/2023

Navigating Life's Path with Jesus

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24

Just last week, while riding my bike back home, a surprising sight greeted me. A big bus was traveling on a route, it shouldn't have been. This prompted me to wonder why the bus has chosen that path. As it crossed a bridge, a thought hit me, if the driver continued, the traffic police will catch him and penalized with heavy fine. While I was thinking, the Holy Spirit taught me a profound lesson.

The Holy Spirit reminded me that, much like the bus driver's mistake, we too have taken wrong turns in life by disobeying God's commands. However, in His boundless unconditional love, God sent His Son to redeem us from the consequences of our actions. Just as the driver would have faced the price for the wrong route, so too did we deserve the consequences of our sins. Yet, God's Son bore our sins and paid the price on our behalf.

In the story of Jonah, we see how he initially chose a wrong path by trying to escape God's call. Yet, even in his disobedience, God's compassion prevailed. Through a series of events, Jonah came to realize the need for obedience and repentance. Similarly, we have all made mistakes, yet God's love offers redemption. Just as Jonah received a second chance, we too can find forgiveness and purpose in following God's calling.

Romans 5:1 emphasizes that we are justified by faith and have peace with God through Jesus Christ. In John 5:24, we are assured that whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life and will not face judgment but has passed from death to life.

Considering the second coming of Jesus, as detailed in the Book of Revelation, we wonder what He would do with those who, like the bus driver, didn't heed His teachings. Revelation 20:11-15 unveils the solemn scene of the Judgment. It describes all people standing before God, being judged according to their deeds. It's a time when God's justice will prevail, and those who rejected His ways will face eternal consequences.

Let us thank our Heavenly Father for sending His Son to bear our sins and set us free from punishment. Through His sacrifice, we find hope and forgiveness. As we navigate life's paths, may we choose the way of obedience and gratitude. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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