If we believe in a rule-based system, then these rules only serve to condemn us. They don’t show how good we’ve been, they only highlight our failures. Rules, or the law, can only condemn. John tells us that it was because of God’s love that he sent his Son into the world not to condemn it but to save it through him. This salvation is not earned but freely given through faith in Jesus Christ… ‘that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)
This morning's service continues are series asking some of the questions people have about God. This morning we ask do all religions lead to God? We will read John 14:1-6 as we try to answer this, showing why it is important for us that Jesus is only way, the truth and the life.
Suffering is just as much a part of the Christian life as the promise of new life. Jesus himself had to endure suffering to pass into new life. We do well not to forget the cross came before the resurrection. But there is a resurrection, there is an end; but as James tells us we must first endure and persevere.