(May 17) The Most Important Question -- meditation on John 11:26

"Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26

What a question. Jesus has explained the gospel message. He makes clear that He is the resurrection and the life. He has spelled out that if someone believes in Him, though they die, yet they will live. Then, He sums it all up with one staggering assertion when He says that whoever believes in Him will never die. In the truest sense, Jesus says, the salvation He gives brings a life so full and real that the believer never dies. Yes, the physical body will pass away, but the soul that is connected to Christ simply goes to glory and is welcomed into the unique presence of God forever.

Do you believe this?

The truth of the gospel is the same whether a person believes it or not. Truth is determined by God, not by your acceptance of it. However, it makes all the difference for you -- and your eternity -- whether or not you believe the words of Christ.

Consider these verses:

- Mark 8:27-29 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?”

- John 16:31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?"

- John 20:27 "Stop doubting and believe"

Do you believe Jesus is who He says He is? Do you believe that He is the only way to salvation? Do you believe that He is the Savior of those who trust in Him?

Jonathan Edwards said this of God's salvation: "And there this glorious fountain forever flows forth in stream, yea, in rivers of love and delight, and these rivers swell, as it were, to an ocean of love, in which the souls of the ransomed may bathe with the sweetest enjoyment, and their hearts, as it were, be deluged with love."

The mercy of our Lord is great. His grace is amazing. His salvation is perfect and His forgiveness is sufficient to cover the worst of sinners. These truths are real and they are unshakable.

But...do you believe this? If you do, stop and thank God for saving you and purpose in your heart to share the gospel with others. If you have never repented of your sin, today is the day of salvation. Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved! To learn more about what it means to be a Christian, click here.


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