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From Death to Life, Part 1

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TEXT: John 5:24-27

Adam Clarke said, "Death is the country where every Christless soul lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of death, to the empire of life."
 
The day we are born, we begin to die. Life is one long, unyielding march toward our eventual termination. Old or young, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, we know deep down that one day we must face death. Which is why we spend so much of our time trying to avoid and delay it. Many in our society have one main goal -- to live as long as possible with as little pain as possible. Of course, at some point, if we are blessed enough not to die in a tragedy or some natural disaster, our efforts become futile and we simply die. We succumb to the inevitable.
 
Yet, here in our passage today, we find Jesus talking about "everlasting life" and how to get it. What kind of life is this? This life is spiritual union with God that  lasts forever. It is the only way to live beyond the point of death. Those who do not have a relationship with God are already dead spiritually and, one day, will be permanently dead physically. However, those who do have a relationship with God have "everlasting life." They are spiritually alive right now and, after they die, they will be permanently physically resurrected. So, how can one have this "everlasting life"?
 
Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life..." "Verily, verily" means "truly, truly." What Jesus is about to say is very important, and, most importantly, it is true.

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