There are three great questions that will confront you sometime in your life. If they haven't yet, they will, you may not have lived long enough yet. The answer to these three questions are all found in The Gospel of John the first few verses.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Five little verses that can answer some of the biggest questions you will ever have in your life. Lets look at one question at a time and find the answer in our five little verses.
1. How does this work?
I have asked this question many times in a lot of different situations. I have worked in the world of science all of my life. There are rules in science that are always true. You can understand any difficult concept if you understand the scienfiic rules that apply. Gravity always pulls an object toward the center of the earth. Always has always will. In my chosen profession energy is conserved. If I have a heat exchanger and I know the energy in a fluid on one side of a heat exchanger and I know the mass of the fluid on the other side I can every time perdict the temperature of the second fluid. How? energy is conserved.
Same question differant situation. In my years of pastoring I have talked with many teenagers and parents of teenagers who where broken hearted over puppy love. I am not sure why it is called puppy love. Most puppies don't hurt you, puppy love sure does. I think it is called puppy love because it can lead to a dog's life. I have told all those parents and teenagers it will get better and it always does. I have heard it said time heals, and it does.
Everything you see hear or experience didn't just happen it was intelligently designed. It is not a accident the earth takes 365.24 days to circle the sun. It is not an accident the earth is titled so here in Tennessee we get to enjoy all four seasons. And it is not by accident that time mends a broken heart. THERE WAS AN INTELLIGENT DESIGNER and John tells us his name was Jesus!
Verse 3 All things were made through him and without him was not any thing made that was made.
2. Why am I alive?
Tuff question! It would have took more than five verses for John to answer this one for each of us. So he took a little short cut here. He told us who gave us life so we could go to him to find out why we are alive.
Verse 4 In him was life
Why are you alive? I have had that question. To be totally honest I have had that question about other people. Some of you are thinking how can a pastor think that? Be honest you have wondered the same thing. Someone takes their own child's life.
If you are asking that question today, maybe there is a simple answer, if you just ask the right person. The wrong places to ask are:
The oppsite sex
You need to ask the one who initially possessed the life we all now have. John said his name is Jesus.
3. What do I need to do?
I have this question often about a verity of topics. If I only knew what tomorrow looks like. There use to be a show that come on TV for just one or two seasons. I don't remember the name of the show. But a man would get the next days paper the day before it happen. He could see where someone would be killed and he would try to intervene. He would see there was going to be a fire and he would try to prevent it. You get the way the show went. Would be good to get the paper a day early.
John tells us Jesus was the light of men. He gets the paper a day early. He is trying to lead his children. We need to follow the light. The darkness can not overcome him. Don't worry.
John says the man who knows the way and has the light, his name is Jesus!