The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
God’s call to his people is great and mighty. John 5:24-29 speaks of the blessing and safety of those who hear Jesus and believe the Father. He even says in verse 29 that those who have died will even hear his voice. Yet there is a distinction. Jesus, being the “son of man” (v. 27) is the one with the authority to judge humans. Have they believed in Jesus’ ability to take their sins away? Have they trusted the Father who, in love, sent the Son to kill sin?
The judgment is upon those who do not believe. Verse 29 describes those people as “doing evil.” They are coming to a time of condemnation. Not only did they not live a righteous life according to God’s commands, but when someone came to do it for them they did not believe. This brings them into eternal judgment.
The warning is clear. It goes out to all. May we all hear Jesus’ word and believe the one who sent him.
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