We mark the great passages of life with solemn ceremonies or happy celebrations. Birthdays, high school and college graduations, weddings, wedding anniversaries, promotions, retirements. These are important moments that deserve to be noted and celebrated. A passage of life that ought to happen to all, however, is experienced by few, and this because people refuse it.
I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.
John 5.24 NET
The people of this world do not even recognize that a passage exists from death to life. They call death-dealing practices enjoying life. They think that immorality and perversity mean possessing life. They are dead in their sins.
Jesus guaranteed the passage and the bridge. Life is knowing the Father, receiving from him the new birth into the divine family.
The bridge is faith, a word which captures the whole human response to the Creator’s goodness. It includes repentance and immersion in water as the dividing line between darkness and light, death and life, between condemnation and cleansing from sin (see Acts 2:38).
Faith means assuming the Lordship of Christ, the paternity of the eternal Father, the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Faith means confessing total dependence upon God, fulfilling the divine project on earth, putting oneself at the disposal of the Lord every minute of the day.
Faith starts and ends by hearing the word of Christ.
Passing a test, graduating from college will not, in the end, make much difference. Celebrations, weddings, promotions are things indifferent in themselves. But not passing from death to life brings eternal suffering, inexistinguishable regret.
Have you passed over from death to life?