Passage: John 8:48-58
Verse: John 8:51 (NIV 2011)
Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.
In this passage of Scripture, the Jews that were talking with Jesus were finding it difficult to see beyond the physical world they lived in… to the spiritual world Jesus was speaking of. It is sometimes difficult for us too. The death Jesus was speaking of was a spiritual death, not a physical death. It was also hard for the Jews to comprehend how Jesus could spiritually move back and forth in time. This is a hard concept to grasp. We need to believe that Jesus is one of the unique persons of our Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We need to believe that God is all knowing, all present, and all powerful… in all things. May we begin to understand the mystery of our Triune God. May we discern the spiritual things and the spiritual world around us. However, in addition to these things, may we obey the word [command] of the Lord to love God and love others. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)