Today's verses are John 5:23,24: "...that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does hot honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." My child, my Father has given to me all judgment (vs 22). It was his divine pleasure to do so. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Why did my Father give me this power of judgment over all humans? It's because he wanted all humans to honor me, just as they honor him. This establishes my right to be worshiped, that at my name, every knee shall bow and tongue confess that I am Lord. It is another clear claim to deity from me.
Moreover, whoever does not honor me, does not honor the Father who sent me. We are one. To give honor to one of us means honor to the other. This is my clear teaching. Therefore, any religion that considers me a mere prophet, or profound teacher, or only a good man, without honoring me as my Father is honored, worshiping me as my Father is worshiped, doesn't tell the truth about my Father. In failing to worship me, they fail to worship my Father. He is the one who desired my honor and worship among all humans.
"Truly, truly I say to you." Again, this double use of "truly" implies what I'm about to say is of extraordinary importance. It is. Whoever hears what I'm saying and believes in me and my truth about the Father sending me, has eternal life now. It's not only a future, eternal assurance. If you believe in me, you have the present possession of eternal life. It begins immediately. It begins now and lasts forever. From my perspective, you have already been pronounced "not guilty" for all your sins. When you face the final judgment, there is nothing to fear. Your eternal life is already secure in me!
My child, face nothing with fear today. If your eternity is secure in me, why fear anything? What is the worse thing that can happen to you? You die and spend eternity with me? If your eternity is secure in me, and if you believe in me, then why be anxious about anything? Why be fearful about anything? If I care for the number of hairs on your head, and the number of sparrows in the sky, surely I will care more for you, the crown of my creation!
Your death has been conquered. Your eternity with me is guaranteed. Your eternal life is finalized. Therefore, enjoy today to the full! Live abundantly, free from fear and worry! Know my eternal life lives in your heart today, tomorrow and forever. I will walk with you, as you walk with me. My presence is my secure, eternal promise to you.
You can trust me today.