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Eternal Life

CreationSaint John who was known during his life as "the disciple whom Jesus loved," writes in his Epistle in 1 John 5.16-20, "If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." Again Jesus says in John 1.3, "Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made."

Emotional and Physical Needs

Bread and WineJesus showed the same emotions and physical needs as any other human being. He ate with his friends as it says in Matthew 26.26, "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.'" Jesus' physical body and blood were to have spiritual values when sacrificed on the Cross in the same way as the sacrificial lamb in the Temple or Tabernacle in the Old Covenant bore the sins of the people. The bread and wine were to become the physical reminders of the spiritual consequences of Jesus' sacrificial death. The 1 John 1.1-4 contains the disciples' confession that they knew Jesus as a man with a physical body. It reads, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our [some manuscripts "your"] joy complete."✞

"Jesus Sacrificial Death"
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by Ron Meacock

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