And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:3
Christ stated these words during His famous prayer on the evening prior to His crucifixion. For Christ, eternal life was not something to wait for, but a divine relationship to be enjoyed in the here and now. As a relational being, God has made us in His spiritual image with the capacity to relate to Him and to literally imbibe His very life into our beings. Eternal life is the essence of God’s uncreated nature, and can ow into the hearts, minds, and bodies of those who are rightly related to Him through Jesus Christ. God’s life is eternal, pure, and freely available to all those who surrender their hearts to the Lord and accept what Christ did on their behalf. Christ stated that eternal life was to know God. Such ‘knowing’ is not mere intellectual acceptance of historical facts, but it is an intimate knowledge through a real existing relationship that someone has with God. God alone is the source of all life and the more we get to ‘know Him’, the more we partake of His life. Likewise, death isn’t just an event; it starts with people being outside of a relationship with God whereby their spirit is cut o from God’s life. It’s marvellous that Christ desires, prayed for, and made every provision for us to be given the right to be connected back to His Father, the source of all light, life, and goodness.
Prayer: Father, I bring my life before you today and I come to you, the God of eternal life. Help me to know you, to walk with and relate to you daily. Help me to increase in my knowledge of you, and in doing so help me to carry your pure, powerful, and eternal life to a world that desperately needs you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Gen 1:26-28, Gen 2:17, Gen 4:1, Ezek 18:4, Rom 3:23, 6:23, Jer 2:13