John 5: From Death to Life
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” -John 5:24 (NLT)
During my first year after becoming a Christian, I was experiencing a lot of new things. There would be old behaviors which I no longer had any desire to do. And new behaviors which started happening without thinking.
I was finding things of my past, which I thought I had a good understanding of, turn out to be all wrong. I spent months learning more and more about the Bible which had always been within reach for the previous 20 years of my life.
It was as if I saw the world in a new way. And for that first year, everything began to change rapidly for me. And yet, there was something that didn’t make a lot of sense.
When I became a Christian, I had a hard time understanding what it meant exactly, to pass from death to life. I understood in a knowledge sense that I now had eternal life. But what did that mean for me here on earth?
I think many Christians feel this way today.
What does it mean for us to pass from death to life? How does this impact our lives now? Why does it matter to us on earth if this is spiritual reality?
These and many more questions plague the new believer and unbeliever alike.
Death to Life
While much of this verse speaks to the spiritual and eternal ramifications of believing in Jesus, something else is found here. Prior to this verse, there is a story of Jesus healing a man who had been physically lame for 38 years.
Initially, Jesus healed this man’s physical need. Later in the passage, he speaks to him and commands repentance. We go from there and do not necessarily know what happens next. However, this man is physically healed. He was culturally dead at the time of Jesus’s life.
This man, was a beggar, someone who could not do anything on his own. And therefore the culture of the day labeled him as such and there was nothing that would bring life to him.
Until Jesus came into his life.
Jesus healed this man, and now he was capable of doing work and caring for himself and others. He moved, not only from spiritual death to life but a soul and body death to life. And I think Jesus has done the same for us today.
If we are spiritually alive, it renews our souls, which enlivens our bodies. When we become alive through faith in Jesus, we begin to experience life here on earth differently. We stop doing things which don’t aline with God’s plans for us. And we begin doing things which connect us to Jesus more.
Death to life on earth is the awakening of our souls and bodies to doing what is heavenly.
And as we grow closer to Jesus, we continue to experience life in this fullness.
Truly Being Alive
There were a lot of instances in the first year of believing in Jesus where I was more alive than ever before. And as life goes on it can be easy to lose that wonder. Though, I have found that every day we can experience life fully.
Jesus wants us to draw closer to him and in doing so, he will show you more ways that you are more alive now than ever before.
We are truly alive. And are experiencing it more and more here on earth. Ask Jesus today to show you how alive you really are because of your trust in him. And you might just be surprised as to how he responds.
Read through the entire chapter of John 5. Remember to circle the words “believe, believed, belief, believing.” And underline anything which sticks out to you.
Spend some time today asking God to show you what it means to have eternal life. Write down what he tells you.
If there is anything you don’t understand, ask God to help you learn what it means and prepare you for his timing in your understanding.
How have you seen the world differently since becoming a Christian? What might you see differently today?
Why am I writing about the Gospel of John? Learn more here!