For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him upon on the last day.
What a glorious promise. Take a closer look at what Jesus says, “…should have eternal life…” this statement is in the present tense. If something is said in the present tense, that means that whatever is being received or accomplished is happening now and carrying onward. Grab ahold of this, Jesus didn’t say “will have” he said “should have.“ In other words: Eternal life starts now.
In light of that truth, The question must be asked, “what is eternal life, then?”
In John’s 1st letter to the church, he opens up with this statement:
The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us…
1 John 1:2
According to John, eternal life became manifest or visible. He explicitly says, “we have seen it…” Two times in this verse he tells the church that eternal life “was made manifest.” It is very obvious, John wants the early church to understand that eternal life has come and has made “itself” known. The life that has always been and will always be came down from heaven in such a way that He saw “it” with his own two eyes. What is this “eternal life,” what did John see? – Jesus.
Jesus is The Eternal Life
If we believe what John says, we can say with confidence and without any hesitation: Jesus Himself is The Eternal Life. I encourage you, read 1st John (especially chapters 4 and 5) and see how John declares Jesus to be The Eternal Life.
So back this up to the first statement from Jesus, “everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life…” So what is Jesus actually promising to us? What is the Father longing to bless us with?
Surely, it is Jesus Himself. In His supreme wisdom and love, God has decided to give man Himself. What could be a better blessing? What blessing could outweigh the intimate abiding presence of God Himself in the believer? Remember, this promise is given in the present tense and is meant to be experienced and realized right now. God desires to dwell within us, through His Holy Spirit, so that we might become, as Peter says, “partakers of the Divine Nature…” (2 Peter 1:4)
This changes everything. God has promised Himself to us. Everyone who looks on Jesus and believes will receive this great promise. The only question we must ask ourselves is this: Do we believe Jesus is who He says He is? If we do, let us press in with faith and accept this present tense promise as true, believing the words of Jesus Himself.
If you are still on the fence, know this for certain: Jesus wants an intimate, abiding relationship with you. He has paved the way for you to conquer and walk away from sin. He will be your resource! Only trust and obey, He will guide you in his Word.
Lord Jesus, cause us to embrace Your true and pure promise. We boldly declare that You are wholly sufficient and satisfying to us, we want no other thing but You. Thank You for Your faithfulness and steadfast love. We have every confidence that You will answer our prayer. Amen.
Yours in Jesus,