Finding the Fountain of Youth
They say death and taxes are two guarantees. Physical death is a unique type of guarantee, in that it is characterized by both finality and uncertainty; an unsettling combination from which many disengage and deny right up to and including the moment death occurs.
The many difficult realities we see and experience, death being one, can prompt a desire for a God who offers eventual relief and protection. That coming at no additional expense to the already spent, tired, and aging one in need.
Today we see an offer of complete relief and life eternal. A key element of the offer, it is free. No strings. Note Jesus does not say:
“The one who believes in me and is pretty good will live” or
“The one who believes in me and does a back flip off the high dive will live” or
“The one who believes in me and also confides in Tom, Dick and Harry will live”
Pretty much, in concert with the degree of revelation afforded, belief in/on and confessed need for the Lord is sufficient. He made one heck of a claim and promise, no doubt.
Given that I have no personal power over death, and dependence upon myself has not been a smashing success to date in many instances, I am quite willing to put this death thing in His hands.
And since I will trust Him with that, might as well trust Him with everything else.