Month of Sundays: Eternity

“We do not know where you are going, Master,” said Thomas; “so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one ever comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:5-6)

Mohammed’s father had tried everything to bring his son back to Islam.

Mohammed, a young Nigerian, had become a Christian after seeing Jesus in a dream. But his father was not happy with this decision. He tried to use positive means: obtain for his son wives, cattle, and other forms of wealth. He also turned to the negative side: he tried to poison his son, but Mohammed recovered from that. Then he sent his son into the wilderness to be killed by criminals, but Mohammed survived that too.

Nothing his father did could dissuade his son from following Christ. In frustration, his father asked Mohammed, “Tell me one thing that Jesus can give you that I can’t.”

“Baba (Father,) can you give me eternal life?” Mohammed asked.

“No…I can’t,” was his father’s reply.

We want to give our children the best: the best education, the best stuff, the best experiences, the best of everything. But we cannot give them what matters the most: eternal life. That can only come from Jesus Christ, and the most important thing we can do is to point our children—and others—to him.

When Jesus appeared to Mohammed, he restated his own words shown at the top of the page. He is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. And he is worth everything that we must pass through so we can have eternity with him.

Every one who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or land, on account of my Name, will receive many times as much, and will ‘gain Immortal Life.’ (Matthew 19:29)

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