Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. – John 5:25
Text: John 5:24-25; 6:47; 11:25-26
Prop: a clock
Summary: Living now. Living forever. In Jesus there is eternal life that begins the moment you believe.
How many of you have learned how to tell what time it is? (Listen to answers.) Look at this clock. What time is it now? (Listen to answers.) Yes, clocks show us what hour it is. In our story today the Lord Jesus tells us about a very special time: the time our life begins and never ends.
(Read John 5:24-25; 6:47.)
Do you understand what Jesus is saying? You don’t have to wait until you die for everlasting life to begin. The moment you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior your eternal life begins — now, here on earth. Jesus says the time is now when those who hear Him speaking to their inner spirit and believe on Him will pass from death to life. If you believe on Jesus you already have a life that will last forever. It isn’t in the future, but the present time.
The clock becomes meaningless for those who are not bound by time. Yet, while on earth, our temporary home, we should make the time we are given here worthwhile. Make each hour and day worth living. Time is running out for some people. We must decide whether or not to trust what Jesus says. The choice is ours. So stop waiting for the resurrection of life. It will come one day. Instead, remember what Jesus told Martha as he was about to raise Lazarus.
(Read John 11:25-26.) Do you believe? Let us pray. Dear Lord Jesus, bless all those here that we may understand and believe. Amen.
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