In John 12, verses 46 through 48, Jesus is preaching to a crowd and says, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. I will not judge those who hear me me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgement by the truth I have spoken.”
These verses really struck a chord with me tonight when I read them. In particular the last part of the paragraph made me stop and think. Jesus says that we will be judged by the truth that he has spoken. To me, this seems to mean that all the parables and the lessons and the admonishments that he gives us in the Gospels are the standards that we will be held against when we are judged by him and God.
This verse should make all believers really want to comb through the Gospels and try to gather as much information as we can about what it is Jesus is asking of us through his teachings. We know that he wants to bless us with the gift of Salvation through repentance and forgiveness of our transgressions. We know that he commands us to love God with all our heart, love others as ourselves, and to give service to those who are less fortunate than us.
We know that he tells us over and over again in different parables that we are to testify to our experiences with him and share our testimony with others because we see this in the verses where he talks about how the branches that don’t produce good fruit will be cut off. We know that he warns us against hypocrisy and greed and also about seeking esteem from other human beings and all the human institutions that are a danger to our soul, like social prestige, wealth, and materialism.
These are just a few of the examples of the truths that Jesus is sharing with us in the Gospels. These verses above really testify to just how pertinent all his teachings truly are to the life of our soul; the attest to the fact that Jesus’ preaching while here on earth is in fact the standard to which we all will be held. It is so important for us to see Christianity as the act of following the teachings of Christ once we accept Salvation, rather than the single act of Salvation itself. I hope we will all commit to continually seeking the teachings of Christ and living by them, just as he commanded us to.
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