November 23, 2011
John 5:24-30 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; (27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Jesus is trying to explain why He is here: to offer everlasting life to all who believe. You see, there will be a time when everyone will be resurrected (will come out of their grave). Everyone will stand before Jesus. Those who are saved will be a part of the Resurrection of Life while those who are not saved will be a part of the Resurrection of damnation. The saved will go to heaven and the ones who are not saved will go to hell. What makes the difference? Verse 24 holds the key. Those who believe will be a part of the Resurrection of Life. Do you believe?