S (Scripture): John 8:51 [Jesus said to the Jewish leaders:] “I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”
O (Observation): Jesus is in the middle of an argument with the Jewish leaders, who are becoming increasingly hostile towards Jesus. Jesus accuses these leaders of being “of the devil” because of their hostility towards Jesus. They are not listening to God, according to Jesus.
The Jewish leaders say, “I know you are, but what am I?” (Couldn’t resist the schoolyard banter here.)
Jesus comes back with the line I quote above. His teachings are that which bring life eternal. And for the Gospel of John, life eternal starts TODAY, not after death. That is how Jesus can say, “if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.” They will not see death because they have already passed from death to life.
A (Application): As we approach Worship in Pink Sunday, at Advent Lutheran Church, Murfreesboro, TN, for Sunday, October 23, 2016, (TheAdventChurch.com) I am locked in on the verse quoted above. We will be praying for those with breast cancer and those who have fought the battle bravely, but who are now passed away and have entered the Church Triumphant.
The result of Jesus’ words are that this physical life we live is subjugated to the eternal life in Christ. The believer is brought into eternal glory now, even in the midst of breast cancer or any other illness.
This does not lessen our sorrow or grief, but rather brings us comfort in the midst of our pain and brokenness.
If you feel comfortable doing so, I invite you to leave the name of someone you care about who has breast cancer, is recovering from breast cancer, or has passed away from the affects of breast cancer. Please leave names in the comments section and I will pray for them and their friends and families. I invite you to check back in and pray over the names that are posted.
P (Prayer): Lord, we forget, sometimes, that eternal life begins NOW! Help us to live lives of hope, even in the midst of our brokenness. Amen.