Starting over…that is the title of the section of “John: The Way to True Life” resource book I am using within my study of the book of John. Last week, I decided to only focus upon John 3:16, so this week, I felt that it would be important to expand upon what the rest of the chapter is saying.
Starting over often is referred to, in Bible lingo, as being ‘born again’ or experiencing a spiritual rebirth aftering coming to Jesus. But, beyond simply being born again as a Christian, I think the idea of ‘starting over’ goes much deeper than that. It is not just starting over spiritually in a walk with God, but it is also about starting over mentally and emotionally, where coming to Jesus can provide you with life, when before, the only guarantee anyone had in this life…was death.
A bit dreary I know, but in Romans 5:17, the Bible tells us, essentially, that in one life we die while in the other (the life that has Jesus) we live. John 3:36 speaks of the same thing, however it puts it a different way. Instead, it shows us the alternative to not pursuing a relationship with Jesus. It tells us that whoever belives in Jesus receives life, while those who do not will not will receive life but wrath.
I believe this is the entire purpose of John 3…simply to help people realize that God is there, willing to give them everlasting life. The things in this world that we always turn to, whether it be money or the things we own or our house or job…they are all material and everything breaks down at some point. God doesn’t break down. He doesn’t crumble. His foundation doesn’t split. He isn’t taken away or stolen from us. God lasts forever. He gives us, if we accept it, to start our lives over. We can cast away sin so that it no longer has power over us and live a fulfilling and rich life through the power of Jesus.
For those of you that are not believers in Christianity, I would ask you to think about what it would mean to you if you accepted God and had the chance to start over…what would that look like.
For those of you that are already believers, what are the ways that Jesus has power over your life and how has He shown that sin has lost its power?
Have a great and awesome week!