The love of Jesus is expressed in these words: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. “ John 15:13. Jesus laid own His life to save the whole world from hell and damnation. He is a friend to everybody. He loves and cares for everybody and it is not His will that any perish. He gives eternal life to His friends, but not everybody is His friend. Jesus said:” “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:14.
Jesus invites everybody to become His friends, to follow and obey Him, to become His sheep. Jesus said: ”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27,28.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13. Jesus will not reject anyone who calls on Him. He accepts everyone who calls on Him and receives Him, forgives their past sin and makes them a child of God, born again of the Spirit of God. He gives them Life and Hope, of eternal life. They become His sheep. It is His desire and His will for them to inherit the kingdom of heaven and have eternal life. He will do everything to help them to enter heaven, but they need to OBEY Him, stay with Him and endure with Him until the end, to have eternal life.
Many of His sheep stray and go away from Him. They disobey Him, follow after people and the world. They go back to sin. Many disobey His commandments, His words and commandments as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Many refuse to be baptized in water, as Jesus commanded. Others love the world, the things of the world and the pleasures of sin. Some go after their own ambitions and desires. Others regard the acceptance of the world and of other people higher than the approval of Jesus. They enjoy the company and fellowship of friends and other people, more than fellowship with Jesus. They love entertainment, TV, videos, movies, food, parties and the lust of the flesh. They have no desire for Jesus, they avoid and ignore Him, never pray nor seek Him, have no communion with Him. Some are religious, always studying, reading the Bible, busy with church, evangelizing, preaching, but they are not living holy, they have no communion with Jesus. Jesus warned: ”Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” Matthew 7:21-23.
Jesus loves His sheep. He goes after the stray sheep multiple times, to call them back to Him. He will accept them back and forgive them, if they repent and come to Him. He will never reject them, no matter how far they have fallen. He endlessly loves them, but He will never force them to follow Him. He will never hold them back if they do not want to stay with Him.
Many times I backslid, went away from Jesus, fell into sin, and came back to Him. For many years I led a life of falling and getting back up, and falling again. Every time Jesus took me back. Jesus never gives up on us. For years I went away from Jesus and lived a godless life, even though I knew Jesus well. Because Jesus cared for me, He laid obstacles in my way. He chastised me. He took my first wife away. She died after a car accident. I became a widower, with two little boys, one 3 years old, the other 9 months. He sent me a good woman to be my wife and help me bring up my children. Eventually I got the message and repented. Jesus took me back. I was in shame for how far I had fallen and I wanted to follow Jesus with all my heart. It was a hard road to get back and follow Jesus. It came with many obstacles, hardships and pain.
I had much to learn. I never realized how narrow the road really is. I thought I was living a good Christian life, and then on July 28, 1998 I had a heart attack. I died and I found myself on my way to hell. I knew I was not coming back. I left my body and I was drawn down a deep dark black hole. I pleaded with Jesus to let me come back, to warn the world, that Jesus is alive and hell is real. Jesus allowed me to come back, and then I had to learn about what Jesus really requires of us. He requires discipleship, holiness, utter obedience to Him.
I learned that the gospel preached in churches is all lies, just to believe in Jesus for salvation. I learned that the only way to eternal life is to obey the words of Jesus, His words and commandments as also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I learned that those who disobey Jesus will perish, those who refuse to repent and stop sinning, those who refuse to be baptized in water, as He commanded, those who do not seek Him. I learned to hear His voice, to listen to Him and follow Him. I learned obedience through much suffering.
I learned how much the world has been and is being deceived by churches. Churches are misleading the believers. They are not making disciples of Jesus, they themselves do not know Jesus. They do not preach the words and commandments of Jesus, neither do they follow and obey Him. Churches are a scam. They are leading the multitudes to hell.
Jesus loves us and He reveals the truth to those who seek Him. He gives His Holy Spirit in those who love Him and therefor obey Him. He discloses Himself to those who obey Him. He corrects and disciplines every child that He accepts, because He wants us to inherit His kingdom. He works perfection in every child who follows and obeys Him, so that we can share in His holiness, because without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Jesus wants us to follow Him, walk with Him, listen to Him, learn from Him and serve His kingdom. He wants to teach and guide us and give us understanding, but we need to stay close to Him and OBEY Him. We are only His friends who will have eternal life if we do what He commands.
May Jesus bless you.