Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
“Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death” (Jn 8:51).
Whatever Jesus says is the truth. And so whenever he adds the phrase, ‘very truly I tell you,’ we need to understand that this particular truth is of much more significance. There are some 25 such statements in the Gospel of John. Hence we need understand that what Jesus, though the Jews could not comprehend it, is the truth.
Whoever keeps His word will never see death. The Jews misunderstood this ‘death’. There are actually two deaths that we human beings undergo. The first death is our biological death, where in, our worldly existence comes to an end. There is another death that comes after this worldly death which the Holy Bible denotes as the ‘Second Death’ (Rev 21:8). It was in fact about this death that Jesus was taking about. If we keep His words, that is, if we abide by the commandments/teaching of Jesus we will never see (this second) death. Rather, we will have eternal life through Jesus Christ (Jn 20:31). Jesus reiterated the same when He said: “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (Jn 6:63). In fact, He came that we may have life (Jn 10:10). That is also the will of the heavenly Father that through Jesus we may have eternal life (Jn 3:16).
With regard to death, Jesus clearly tells us whom to fear: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who can kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” (Lk 12:4-5).
Very often in life, we are obsessed or concerned only with the first death. We fail to realize that life continues after this worldly existence. There is in fact, a second death, which we need to seriously think about. If you keep the word of Jesus you will never see that death.
How many time(s) do you want to die – once or twice? The choice is yours…