Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3 NIV
I Come to You
I’m always interested in finding out what recent immigrants to Canada feel about our country. On the Readers Digest Canada website, Deepak Kashyap, a recent immigrant from India, shares “While Canadians have a reputation for being friendly and polite, immigrants from India often find them to be very private—almost withdrawn—in comparison. Even amongst friends, there’s a level of formality between Canadians that takes some getting used to. The social conventions Indians take for granted—showing up at a friend’s house to hang at a moment’s notice, insisting guests eat your home-cooked food, and being incredibly open about personal details—may be considered rude and overbearing here.”
The man-made religions of the world all have had something in common from as far back as history is recorded – their gods all demand that their followers do something in order to gain their attention. They are works-based religions and so none of those who believe in them ever have any assurance that they have done enough, or been good enough, to gain their god’s favour. There is no peace and no hope. What a contrast to the God of the Bible. Listen to what John 17:3 has to say: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Everything necessary for our forgiveness, our redemption, was accomplished by Jesus through His substitutionary death on a Roman cross. He bore our punishment, and served the sentence that we deserve for our sin, the sin that has separated us from our holy God. This is the only true God, and He loves you that much.
These have been words from the heart.