Today, Jesus talks about four things while his conversation with the Jews is going on, which are simply the implications when we reject Jesus in our lives.
1. First, Jesus speaks on His unity and affinity with the Father. He says “whoever sees me, sees him who sent me”. Towards the end of the gospel, He says “For I have not spoken on My own authority; the Father who sent me has instructed me in what to say and how to speak”.
This shows the oneness between the Father and the Son. Therefore, this concludes that to reject Jesus is to reject the Almighty God.
In essence, when we reject His Words, we reject the one who sent Him, we reject the Father. When we reject Jesus, we also reject the Father. If you mention Chukwuokike Abiama and forgets His Son, you are invariably rejecting Chukwuokike Abiama. He says “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
Therefore, When we live the way we want, it shows total neglect to our Creator. And this is why the world is in chaos, the creature has abandoned the Creator.
2. Jesus talks about his coming to the world as a source of light. He says “I have come into the world as light so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness”.
This means that one without Christ is in spiritual and moral darkness. He does not understand the things that the Spirit of God has revealed in God’s Word (1 Cor. 2:14), therefore, when we reject Jesus, we reject the light of God.
He who rejects Jesus is darkened in his understanding and excluded from the life of God (Ephesians. 4:18). To reject Jesus is simply to embrace the darkness.
3.Jesus says in the gospel, “I have come not to condemn the world but to save the world. Here, Jesus tells us that His reason for coming to the world is for our own good.
He has come to save and not to condemn. Therefore, rejection of Him and refusal to keep His word is also a rejection of salvation.
In essence, when we decide to turn our back on Jesus, is also the decision to reject salvation. Therefore, when we reject Jesus, we reject peace, love, holiness, joy, and eternal salvation.
Therefore, to accept Jesus is to accept blessings. To obey His word is to attract blessings from God and to reject Jesus is to reject the source of God’s blessings.
4. He says “he who rejects my word, has his judge already. The implication is that if we want to know what God wants, the way to be blessed and the path to our salvation, we need to take the gospel very serious. To reject the word leads to ignorance of what God wants from us.
5. Jesus says “The one who rejects me, and does not receive my word, already has a judge: the very word I have spoken will condemn him on the last day”.
This simply concludes that to reject Jesus is simply the easiest way to condemnation. We face judgement before God when we reject His Words. For there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
6. Jesus says “For what I have spoken does not come from myself; no, what I was to say, what I had to speak, was commanded by the Father who sent me”.
Therefore to reject the words of Jesus and refusal to put them at work is also disobedience to the father. The implication here is that God hates disobedience. Therefore to reject His word is the easiest way to invite eternal punishment.
7. Finally, Jesus states ” I know that His commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give, I give as the Father instructs me”. Letting us know that the secret of eternal life is keeping the words of the Father, through Him.
So, to embrace eternal life and live with God at the end of our lives is only if we live according to His ordinances. Hence, to reject them is to embrace hellfire and eternal damnation.
Therefore, It is now left for us to make our choice. Let us embrace Jesus and take His Words very serious in our lives.
May God bless you dearest and give you the grace to conquer your temptations, may He make your faith strong again. Amen.