Words from Jesus


“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

“Do not worry about your life.”

“Do not be afraid.”

These words of Jesus still speak powerfully today. They speak to our culture and they speak to our souls. But what do they have to do with atonement? Stay tuned—I’m going to try to answer that.

In the meantime, I would love to hear from some other voices. How are these words from Jesus speaking to you today?


3 thoughts on “Words from Jesus

  1. Jesus has given me an abundant life-much more than I deserve, when looking at what other believers around the world have. Yes, there is the spiritual abundance, but on top of that has been some physical abundance: I am overweight, I have a vacation home in addition to a “home base”.

    But now, I also have a rare, slow-growing cancer that will eventually end my life if something else doesn’t get me first. In that light I have been meditating on the fact that not only did Jesus say “Do not be afraid” (to die) and “Do not worry about your life” (because it is ending), he also said , “I go to prepare a place for you” and St. Paul has elaborated: “What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”…For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:49-58 NRSV) SO, I have (we ALL have) something really exciting to look forward to: an imperishable, immortal body that WILL inherit the kingdom of God!

    Getting there will be neither fun nor easy, but Jesus also said, “I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you”. As I look down what I imagine to be the road ahead, it looks rather bumpy (nobody can see it very well) and I try to take comfort in these promises of Scripture.

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