Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book: Commitment to Faith: John's Gospel of Jesus

In John’s Gospel we come to realise that the author and apostle understands Jesus to be the eternal presence of God come in flesh and walking among us. 
His message points us to an eternal destiny planned for mankind to be in God’s presence. The puzzle of 'who is this Jesus?' becomes clear as we are introduced to the one who has come from heaven to open heaven’s door to us. Jesus confronts our limited temporal existence. His agenda seen in his dying for us on the cross with the resurrection that followed, gives us a greater, broader, and more meaningful perspective on life than the next political election, the state of our economy, the latest new gadget, and the next moralistic movement. 
We need to realize that our existence will cease! What then? When this truth is finally seen for what it is, then we are left with a depressive hopelessness. 
The question to ask is this: "Is this all there is to life?" To which Jesus speaks his message of hope that there is far more to come, and it begins now. As Jesus was lifted up in fulfilment of God's agenda for our salvation, so we are lifted up into his eternal presence. This divine connection changes everything, beginning for our 'here-and-now' as well as for ‘what is yet to come’.

About the Author
Pastor Dirk Willner (BTh., Grad.Dip.Min.) Ordained in June 1990 at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nuriootpa. Serving in full time ministry in the Lutheran Church of Australia. Pastor Dirk founded the Living Word e-Ministry to share God's Word beyond the walls of the Church through inspiring and sound biblical teaching relevant in today's times. This ministry initiative aims to connect with people across the globe. His ministry encourages all to explore their faith in Christ and for Christ to grow discipleship as a way of life.

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