Ouch! Punishment doesn’t sound too good. Some love to dwell on these words and then take it upon themselves to become self-appointed judges of other people’s lives. Only a few paragraphs back in John’s Gospel it says Jesus came into the world not be its judge but to be its Saviour. If the aim of Jesus is not to judge us but to save us, then who has the right to become judge in his place? No one. Instead, let’s concentrate on the fact that Jesus came to save us from the wayward path we often walk and from the wayward ways of this selfish world.
Who is Jesus? The Son of God. The Life Giver. Saviour. King. God with us. Brother. Lord. He was more than just a decent bloke who lived long ago and talked sense, wasn’t he? Let us turn our eyes upon Jesus and focus our lives on him.
Lord Jesus, you have the words of eternal life, we turn to you for guidance, for encouragement, for inspiration, for love, for comfort, for reassurance. We sing your praise - knowing you, Jesus, there is no greater thing. You’re my all, you’re the best, you’re my joy, my righteousness, and I love you, Lord. Lead us on and lead us home. Amen.
34 The one whom God has sent speaks God's words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything in his power. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God's punishment.