Intro: Our words can paint a picture for others of things we have seen and experienced. When I go on vacation, I take fewer pictures than most people; I journal notes and pick up brochures. I want others to experience more than just an image; I want to tell them about what I saw, the affect he had on my thoughts, and how the experience made me feel. For example, last year I took some pictures of Multnomah Falls in Oregan, but when I told people about my experience I took them through the sound of the falling water, the smell of the trees, the hike through the eleven switchbacks to the top that pushed me physically, and the awe inspiring view from the top of the Falls that reminded me of our amazing Creator.
Such is the case when Jesus—the Word of God—came from heaven. He had been there so he was trustworthy to explain to all those who would listen about the holy character, nature, and glory of the Father, the beauty of the angelic beings, the treasure stored there, the dwelling places he would prepare for his children, as well as the existence of God’s Kingdom filled with righteousness, peace and joy. A picture would never be able to communicate all that!
In our passage today, the apostle John wants us to remember the Spirit of God was upon Jesus; he moved with unlimited, love, power, and authority. Deliverance and salvation for those who would listen to him was made available. Jesus imparts God’s life—eternal life—to us and we can enjoy discovering all that Jesus saw and experienced of heaven. If we truly understand Jesus knows of what he speaks, we will run to him for guidance and obey his direction for our lives, while we look forward to our own actual experience of heaven.
John 3:31-36 NLT
31 “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! 33 Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. 34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. 36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for sharing what you know, so we can be prepared for the future with you. We have nothing to fear, because you always prepare us with lessons and verbal pictures. All glory to you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.