Words from the Heart for Saturday November 14th, 2020
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
John 3:13-15 (NIV)
Luke Skaarup is a retired professional strongman from Canada who competed actively in the sport of strongman from 2007 to 2015. During his competitive career, he held many records, most notably the Canadian record for heaviest atlas stone ever lifted in competition – 450 lbs, the Ontario record for heaviest deadlift – 780 lbs, and the Ontario Record heaviest dumbbell press – 230lbs. He competed in over sixty competitions with his top placings being the 2x as Ontario’s Strongest Man Champion and 4th at North America’s Strongest Man.
I heard somebody say the other day that they would believe there was life after death if somebody came back from the dead to tell them all about it. The fact that we even think about such things should tell us that we have been created with eternity in our hearts. Jesus knew that people would think like this, so he says to Nicodemus in John 3:13-15: “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” Not only did Jesus come from heaven, but He came for a purpose – to die. This is what He meant when He said that He must be lifted up. He points back to the story of Moses lifting up a bronze snake – anyone who looked at it would be spared from the bite of the serpent. In the same way, Jesus says, He would be lifted up on the Cross, dying for the sin of mankind. All who look to Him in faith are saved. Have you?
These have been words from the heart.