Our physical life can make us think we are fully alive. Jesus says, however, that we are spiritually dead without him. His good news is that those who believe him can have eternal life. By receiving Jesus, we cross over from spiritual death to spiritual life…
“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.”
There is a theme in Jesus’ teaching about spiritual life, in which he underscores that we are already dead. We are spiritually dead before God before we come to faith in Jesus. If I could summarize it, it would be that we are physically alive and spiritually dead. Furthermore, because of our sin natures and our resulting sin, we are counted as dead in our sins.
With Nicodemus, Jesus discussed being born of the Spirit. With the Samaritan woman, he offered living water. The spiritual life available to us in Jesus with fill our hunger and thirst forever. And now Jesus tells the religious leaders of Israel that those who believe him have eternal life. Then he gives the word picture of crossing over from death to life.
Except that many people don’t think they are dead. At all. Nicodemus asked how one can go back into the womb to be born a second time. The Samaritan woman was ready for Jesus to fill her water jar with his living water. Our physical life can make us think we are fully alive.
Jesus says we are spiritually dead without him. The reason is that at the end of this life, our physical bodies will die. We will move from the physical world to the spiritual world, and there it is our spiritual pulse that is measured.
Jesus talks about believing him who sent the Jesus to the earth. What does the Father want us to believe? That he sent his son Jesus to be a sacrifice for our sins, so that we can put our trust in what Jesus did and have the spiritual life which God created for us.
Have you crossed over from death to life? All you have to do is believe…