1 John 5:13-15
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
How important is it for you to know?
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you want to know?
You can know
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
What is your response to Jesus?
Judas - Jesus is my meal ticket
Many of his followers - I want to follow on my terms
Disciples - Positioning for self-glory / Fearful of being too closely associated
Pharisees - I am too smart to be fooled like others
Soldiers - Blindly mocking Jesus to prove himself to you
Criminal – Convicted
Simple childlike faith