E is for Eternal Life –
Jesus is the only human to have existed prior to His life on earth. The scriptures confirm, without any doubt, that He resided in heaven with the Father since the beginning of time and was sent for the sole purpose of providing our salvation. I looked up so many amazing scriptures about this most amazing gift.
1 John 1:1-2 tells us, “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.”
1 Peter 1: 20a reveals, “God chose him as your ransom long before the world began…”
1 John 4:9 “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”
Titus 1:2 “This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.”
As I stated before, we know that he has existed forever, that he was sent by God, and that the whole reason for His birth and subsequent death and resurrection, was so that all who believed on His name are saved and will live eternally with Him. How then, does one do that?
First we must understand and acknowledge that we are sinners. No one can be good enough to make it on their own merit. Romans 5: 12 – 20 does an excellent job of explaining how sin came into the world and how Jesus was sent to provide a way to heaven. Romans 6:23 reveals the plan God has for this that costs us nothing – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” All that is required of us is to put our faith in Christ and accept the gift of salvation. That’s it! Neither we ourselves nor life become perfect after we make this decision, but we have a perfect life in heave to look forward to. The hope we have in Christ is something that can’t really be explained until it is experienced!!
So as we reflect this Christmas season on the reason baby Jesus came to earth, let us do with great rejoicing and joy that God loved us enough to send His son from his place in the perfect and glorious heaven to this cold and sinful world to provide a way that we could one day live with Him forever! If you have never experienced the gift of salvation, I promise that if you accept it now, it will be the best Christmas ever!!!!
Additional Scriptures on eternal life:
John 5:24 – “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”
1 Peter 1: 18-19 “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
1 Peter 1: 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
1 John 5:11 “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
John 6:40a For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life.”
John 6:47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.
Titus 3:7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
All scriptures are from the New Living Translation