Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
There are days when I can’t remember what I had for breakfast and then there are events that happened over thirty years ago that I can’t forget. Today’s verse provides one of those moments etched into my memory.
In 1977, a “perfect storm” roared into my life. The college I attended, for the sole purpose of playing baseball, dropped the program. That spring I was caught in a flood that totaled my car. At the end of the summer my dad lost his battle with cancer. In the midst of trying to determine my future, I lived at home and commuted during the fall semester to Oklahoma State University. During those thirty-minute drives, I memorized Scripture and did a lot of thinking. John 5:24 gave me great comfort.
Leaving my hometown one morning, I turned onto Highway 86 and headed for classes in Stillwater. I remember making the turn onto that highway and reviewing this verse. My family and I had been with my dad when he died. To think that what I watched was a crossing over from physical death to eternal life hit me with a powerful dose of comfort and confidence. I can’t read this verse without thinking about my dad. I can’t read this verse without a renewed confidence that I will one day make that same crossing.
Father, thank You for the great truth of Your Word. Most of all, thank You for sending Your Son to provide the crossing over from this life to an eternity with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.