“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.” John 5.24
Crossing over from death to life sounds so dramatic! We often hear people sharing their experiences of God and as we listen to their stories and note the faith that seems to flow from them, it is easy to see how they live a different life. They have truly passed from death to life. However, is this true of you? What if you have never had a similar experience?
The criterion for crossing from “death to life” has nothing to do with any experiences but rather it is this: have you heard the words of Jesus speaking to you and do you believe that he was sent by the Father for you? The answer to this is probably 'Yes . . . but!' Most of us do believe, but we also waver from time to time and it is easy to begin to think that because we waver perhaps we don’t qualify.
It is interesting to note the language that Jesus used: we have crossed over. It is not that we are straddling the border line wavering between the two possibilities, but we have actually crossed over; the change has been made.
The implication of this is that when you face situations that cause you anxiety or when you are uncertain of the presence of God within you - in other words, when your feelings are attacking your faith - you can come back to the truth of these words: 'I have crossed from death to life'. They are a reminder of who is there for you and what resources are available.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission