The Infinity of Life
by Rev Greg Obong-Oshotse 16 July 2021
Readings: John 5:1-29 (Mark 12:26-27; Matthew 25:41, 46)
Text: John 5:28-29
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”
King David is the archetypal King of Israel: a man after God’s heart, a passionate lover of God, a courageous warrior for God’s people, a fervent worshipper of God, and defender of the faith. But he fell into sin when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her soldier-husband to cover up the resulting pregnancy. Yet nothing is hidden before God and judgement quickly followed, part of which was the loss of the child from the affair. On learning of his death, King David said, “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23), noting a scriptural truth: life is infinite, endless. Once born, no soul ever ceases to exist.
This is what Jesus also says here to the Jewish religious leaders who are peeved that He has again done some good work on the Sabbath. He takes the opportunity to tell them once again about the infinity of life and why they must hear Him to have the good, as opposed to the bad, life. We should rejoice that Christ came to make the way of escape from the bad one, and to open the door to the good one.
Dear Father help us to meditate on the infinity of life and take a firm hold of Your gift of everlasting life in Your Son in Christ’s name, Amen.
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