What Jesus Did! 'Never Die!' — John 8:51

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"I tell you the truth. If a person continues to obey my teaching, then that person will never die."
— John 8:51
Illustration of John 8:51 — "I tell you the truth. If a person continues to obey my teaching, then that person will never die."

Key Thought

When we become Christians, when we are baptized into Christ, we die to our old selves. We are raised to live a new life. The old life is gone. The most important death that matters has happened. Yes, we will eventually have our bodies die. But as Christians, we are united with Christ and not even death can separate us from Christ. The living part of us goes to be with Jesus and awaits his triumphant return to earth in glory when all that belong to him are changed and given immortal bodies and go to live with him forever. When we obey him, when we belong to him, death cannot claim the living part of us. We will never die, but live with the Lord forever. As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, we should encourage one another with this message!

Today's Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, my Abba Father, thank you for making me yours and joining my life to Jesus so that death can only claim my body, but can never have me. I look forward to the coming day of victory when I join with all of your children and celebrate and participate in your glory! In Jesus' name and by his power I praise you. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The Jews answered, "We say you are a Samaritan. We say a demon is making you crazy! Are we not right when we say these things?" Jesus answered, "I have no demon in me. I give honor to my Father. But you give no honor to me. I am not trying to get honor for myself. There is One who wants this honor for me. He is the judge. I tell you the truth. If a person continues to obey my teaching, then that person will never die." The Jews said to Jesus, "Now we know that you have a demon in you! Even Abraham and the prophets died. But you say, 'The person that obeys my teaching will never die.' Do you think you are greater than our father Abraham? Abraham died. And the prophets died too. Who do you think you are?" Jesus answered, "If I give honor to myself, then that honor is worth nothing. The One that gives me honor is my Father. And you say that he is your God. But you don't really know him. I know him. If I said I did not know him, then I would be a liar like you are liars. But I do know him. And I obey what he says. Your father Abraham was very happy that he would see the day when I came. He saw that day and was happy." The Jews said to Jesus, "What? You have never seen Abraham ! You are not even 50 years old!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. Before Abraham was born, I AM. " When Jesus said this, the people picked up rocks to throw at him. But Jesus hid, and then he left the temple area.

John 8:48-59

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus arrived in Bethany. Jesus found that Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. Bethany was about two miles from Jerusalem. Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary. They came to comfort them about their brother {Lazarus}. Martha heard that Jesus was coming. She went out to greet Jesus. But Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask." Jesus said, "Your brother will rise and be alive again." Martha answered, "I know that he will rise to live again when people are resurrected (raised from death) on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection. I am life. The person that believes in me will have life {again} after he dies.

John 11:17-25

Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized ? We shared his death in our baptism. So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. We were buried with Christ so that we could {be raised up and} live a new life. This happened the same as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father. Christ died, and we have been joined with Christ by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by rising from death like Christ rose from death. We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross. This happened so that our sinful selves would have no power over us. And then we would not be slaves to sin. Any person that has died is made free from sin's control (power). If we died with Christ, we know that we will also live with him. Christ was raised from death. And we know that he cannot die again. Death has no power over him now.

Romans 6:3-9

So we always have courage (confidence). We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. We live by what we believe, not by what we can see. So I say that we have confidence. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord. Our only goal is to please God. We want to please him when we are living here {in our body} or there {with the Lord}.

2 Corinthians 5:6-9

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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