Today: You don't have to jump of a cliff or figure it all out. Just trust.
Don’t focus on understanding or believing really, really hard.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever trusts in him will not perish but have life of the coming age.
You may have noticed that I translated the last phrase of John 3:16 “life of the coming age” rather than “eternal life.” In other words…
Whoever trust in him will have life of the coming age
Whoever trust in him will have eternal life.
Along with N.T. Wright, I believe this is a much more accurate understanding of the Greek words (ζωὴν αἰώνιον, zōān aiōn).
Jesus’ emphasis was not getting you into heaven when you die, or making it so you could live forever. The focus was on bringing the life of God’s Kingdom to you right now. That’s why he told his followers to pray,
“They Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
It is quite true that the life of God’s coming age will never end. It brings hope that leads to life beyond the grave. But don’t wait until you die to live!