“For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26)
Jesus is God! Nothing less can be said about Him. He and the Father are one and eternal. John helps us understand the power that Jesus wields. Jesus has authority over His eternal existence. He is the essence of “the only begotten Son.” All debate aside, Jesus is like the Father. They coexist with the Holy Spirit in ruling the universe, as we know it. It is this statement, that leads to Jesus’ expressing the fact that no one can take His life, but He must temporarily lay it down in crucifixion and death.
This short verse brings us comfort in that, if Jesus has eternal life within Himself, and He died and rose to life to give us eternal life, then that is a reality for us. Case closed! He has the power! We can rest in this fact and live to His glory without fear. In His timing we will know this eternal life beyond our death for ourselves. What a glorious day that will be!
Heavenly Father, Your power and that of Your Son and Holy Spirit have been extended to Your sinful creatures. Such mercy is beyond our comprehension. Thank You for Your power to us for life eternal with You. Thank You for sending Your Son to make it all possible. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn.