In or out?

John 8

Are you in or are you out?

“21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”

22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

25 “Who are you?” they asked.

“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”

27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up[a] the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.”

To answer my own question. I am out.

I am out of my sin. Not that I don’t sin anymore but that I have accepted Jesus death on the cross as payment for my sin (s). All of them. Unless I die before finishing this post I will sin again. My heart is deceitfully wicked, selfish to the core, and yet Jesus loves me.

I do not understand this but I believe it is true and I rejoice.

Jesus said here, “when you have lifted up the Son of Man,” referring to his upcoming gruesome death on a cross.

Easter Sunday is coming. The celebration of the day when a very dead Jesus walked out of a very sealed tomb. Now he lives forever to be my advocate before his Father in heaven.

This is good news. All of this is true for anyone and each one who reads this. Jesus died to pay for our sins.

Are you in or are you out?

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?