“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me has eternal life.”
People start to grumble because Jesus said that He is the Bread of Heaven. They know His father and mother. How could He have come from heaven?
Jesus responds by saying that nobody can come to the Him unless the Father draws them. Anyone who believes has eternal life. He is the Bread of Heaven, just like the manna their ancestors ate in the desert.
Salvation is a person, not a religion. If we really want to be sure of eternal life, we must attach ourselves to Jesus and follow His way.
There is nothing that we can do to make us right with God. If I decide to live a perfect life from today, that is only what God expects of me, and it does nothing to pay for my previous sins.
Good deeds and religious virtues can never make us right with God. Only Jesus can do that.
Anyone who believes (a better translation would be “trusts”) in Jesus has eternal life.
Jesus has paid the price for my sin. All I have to do is trust in Him.
Many years ago, there was a man in my town who lived on the streets with his dog. Each week he would go to the bank and withdraw $20 for his drink and some food for his dog. He was actually quite a wealthy man and could afford to live in any house and eat the best food. He chose to be homeless.
God has given His promise to every person in the world, the promise of eternal life. Those who refuse to receive the promise make the choice for hell.
The choice is clear. Trust in Jesus for eternal life. Trust anything else for eternal torment.
Thank you Jesus for opening the doors to heaven for me. I receive your promise of salvation and I choose to follow you. Amen.