Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Verses: Why Believe in Jesus

Jesus introduced us to His oneness with the Father.  He explained if we remain in His word, we will have truth and will be set free in His truth.  Now Jesus describes the difference in our lives when we remain in Him, as He is light and truth, to the problems and blindness resulting when we do not remain in His light.  We experience the effect of spiritual and temporal sluggishness and blight when we do not remain in His love. 

John 11:9-10 Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.'

Next Jesus tells us that if we believe in Him, we will live even if we physically die.  When we believe in Jesus, believe He is the Son of God, one with the Father, and that we can remain in His love, physical death loses its sting.  Any deaths from the temporal world cease to affect us when we believe in Him for we then remain in His love and obey His commands.  What difference, then, if we are alive or dead in this world, as long as we are in Christ's love forever?

John 11:25-27  Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, will never die. Do you believe this?' She said to him, 'Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.'

John 11:40 Jesus said to her, 'Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?'

What more could be given than to see the glory of God?  The glory of God will unfold in unique and individual ways for each soul who remains in Christ.  Just believe in Him, obey His commands, remain in His love.  God is love.  Glorious!

John 12:35-36 Jesus said to them, 'The light will be among you only a little while. Walk while you have the light, so that darkness may not overcome you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of the light.'

And again, Jesus explains what occurs for those of us who believe in Him as well as the Father, the one who sent His Son into the world.  When we see Jesus, we see the Father.  (One Christmas a priest said all he wanted was to see the face of God.... Believe in Jesus, believe in the Father, obey His commands, remain in His love.  We will see the face of God.  Is His face infinite love?)

John 12:44-50  Jesus cried out and said, 'Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. 

Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.'

Jesus pleads with us to believe in Him!  He so desires us to understand what He is telling us.  And what He says, he qualifies, is not just His own words, but the words of God the Father who sent Him to speak to us, on earth, in these words we now have in holy Scripture.  If we do reject what Jesus is asking us, explaining to us--if we do not observe and do as He asks, Jesus does not condemn us.  No, but His very words that we rejected and did not observe, obey, will be our own condemnation!

Believe in Jesus Christ and God the Father!  Believe all these words that Jesus speaks, for His Father has sent Jesus to save our souls, to lead us through this world's life by His Light, and on into eternity.  Believe what Jesus says, obey His words. Remain in Christ's love!


  1. nothing, hi, greetings in Jesus :) ,

    Will you consider stopping by my place to offer your answer to a question I've raised in my Nov. 10 post?

    I see application and implications in so many places in your post, one of which is this: "But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."

    But what would you yourself say...?

    With your permission, I invite your readers to do the same. The more the merrier? Well, the more the better maybe in this case.

    Thanks in any event, aspiring...

  2. Yes, Aspiring! Just finished wood-pegging, gluing, clamping a broken umbrella spoke, and guests are on the way, but in a few hours will go to your Nov. 10 site. Comment back and include your site url so people can just go from here to there! God bless! Even this morning's Office of Readings homily by St. Leo the Great mentioned the one Body of Christ and not separations or groupings, etc. We are on the path together, all of us!

  3. Thank you, nothing...

    My site is
    (I'm sorry, I don't know how to make this reference an active link, in a comment box.)

    One of my favorite quotes is by Pope St. Leo the Great. For those interested - it really is wonderful :) - I've got it printed under an image of him on my site's sidebar. The saint images are arranged alphabetically.

  4. I don't know how to do that, either, but at least people can cut and paste your site url now, and get to it!


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