Readings (John 3v14-19)
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
We have explored the mystery hidden for ages in various articles. Our most recent article detailed the mystery revealed at the wedding when Jesus turned water into wine through the miracle power of God. In this article we are focusing on the covenant/mystery of God’s love which was revealed through the cross.
One interesting thing is that the cross was originally developed and primary used to crucify convicts and slaves in the Jewish community. However, God who was desirous to get the people and the world saved gave his only begotten son Jesus to suffer and die on the cross, to be buried and rise up on the third day. However, the cross is not an end in itself but it is a means to an end (covenant which God has designed to get the world saved).
There are things we should do in order to maintain the covenant and get saved and these are as follows:
- We should believe in God through Jesus. Hebrews 11v6, without faith it is impossible to please God: for he who comes to God should believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. This is the greatest foundation through which our salvation and Christianity is laid upon. Without faith, this covenant will not work at all;
- We should not feel condemned with the cross or what Jesus did thereon for it was for us not to perish but to have everlasting life. In Romans 3 and 6, the wages of sin is death, but the greatest gift we have is eternal life in Christ Jesus;
- Move away from doing evil such as adultery, witchcraft, rape, drunkenness, hatred, enmity, hardness of heart, blasphemy of God and his word, heresies, uncleanness and infidelity, among other. Through the revelation of John, those who are evil doers will not see the Kingdom of God. God is holy and in him there is no filthiness. He requires of us to be holy even as he is also holy. Stopping to do evil is a great step towards attaining the holiness which God requires of us; and
- Embrace the light of God that came through the manifestation of the Son of God, Jesus. In this light there are good fruits of the spirit which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, etc. We do well when we embrace these. In John 1, light shines in darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it. What does this mean? The light will only comprehend the darkness provided its switched on, if not, darkness will prevail. The bible teaches us that we all assumed darkness when our father and mother Adam and Eve sinned before God. What will distinguish our destination when we eventually check out of this world is whether we decide to switch on the light of Jesus in our hearts and lives, and keep it on until the great day. If not, we will experience darkness in this world and in the world to come. This is a mystery we should understand and embrace.
We should further understand that God has designed a covenant. We chose to accept it or not. He will not force us to enter into the covenant, but he has created the platform for all the people in the world. Those who are willing, obedient and faithful will eat the fatness and goodness that comes out of this covenant.
Finally, I say come to this covenant so rich and sweet and you will enjoy the goodness of our God.