“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. John 14:18-24
Jesus’ death was the atonement but His resurrection was the victory. Man needed both. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins but we also needed to be shown the way to everlasting life. Jesus’ resurrection conquered death and allow each of us to have life eternal with Him. But just because it is available does not mean everyone will receive it. Each of us must make a choice to accept Jesus’ sacrifice or reject it.
Jesus told all this to His disciples knowing that they would not understand until later. What was about to happen over the next three days was something that had never happened before and would not happen again. That a man could be executed and then rise again is something that very few can wrap their minds around and then only after the fact, it is so hard that many today still cannot accept what Jesus did. For them there is just not enough evidence to get past their unbelief.
To be with Jesus we must keep His word, something easier said than done. Unfortunately none of us is capable of keeping Jesus Word all the time. As long as we are still in this body we will fail. The key is to keep getting up after we fall and acknowledge our mistake and seek His forgiveness. The good thing is Jesus’ forgiveness is always there. He forgives not only our past sins but also those we have yet to commit. Not that we should sin with abandon but that we realize we have sinned and are sorry for our shortcomings.
Getting to heaven is not something we can do on our own. Fortunately we don’t have to. We have the Spirit with us to guide us, all we need to do is let Him. Once we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior he will never leave us or forsake us. Once His always His.
Have a blessed day,