The Gospel Is Not Good to Great. It’s Death to Life.


August 30, 2020

John 5:24-30 (NIV)

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.


Whoever hears my Word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 

This is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hear the Word of Jesus. Believe. Claim eternal life. Rise from the dead and walk into life.

It is not a future hope but a present reality. The gospel does not take effect when we die. The crossover is now. The gospel does not make good people better. Jesus raises dead people to life.

Have you crossed over?

One more thing. Whoever hears my Word. Note, Jesus doesn’t say “whoever reads my Word.” Faith comes by hearing. The two most fundamental faculties of perception are seeing and hearing. We tend to make much more of reading and thinking than we do about hearing and seeing. We are born seeing and hearing, not reading and thinking.

Going forward I want to encourage us to speak the words of Jesus aloud so our ears can hear them. There’s something to that. I think it will lead to a new way of seeing.


Abba Father, thank you for your Son, Jesus, whose words are life. Indeed, heaven and earth will pass away but your words will never pass away. Train our ears to hear and our eyes to see so the words of Jesus break forth into the vision of Jesus. We want to see Jesus. It is in his name we pray, amen.


1. Do you tend to put more stock into seeing and hearing or reading and thinking? Do you see the difference?

2. Is the gospel more of a self-improvement reality for you or is it becoming a crossing over from death to life?

3. Has your concept of eternal life been more framed around something that happens after you die? Or is it a right now reality?

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J.D. Walt

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