Read Zechariah 3
Focus on verse 7
In today’s reading Zechariah describes for Joshua the high priest in Jerusalem at the time, one of God’s conditionals,
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.” (v. 7)
The inference here, as in the conditional example I gave of my children, is that if Joshua did not keep God’s charge, then he would lose charge of God’s house and the right of access that God had given Him. Pretty simple really.
In the New Testament Jesus gives us another conditional in the gospel of John. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) This again is a fairly clear condition. If we want to spend eternity with God in heaven, there is a way that God has provided for us to do so. We find this access to the Father through establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The logical question one might ask then is “how does one have a relationship with a person who lived over 2000 years ago?” Good question. The assumption of this question is that Jesus Christ is no longer alive. That assumption is false. We celebrate Easter each year to remind ourselves that He rose from the grave and is very much alive.
The way this relationship with Him begins is when we make the choice to believe that He is still alive, even though we physically cannot see him. That is why we call it “faith”. Having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is first a spiritual event, a faith decision, which then begins to affect every other aspect of our life. In the book of Acts Luke records that the Apostle Paul instructed a jailer who asked him how to be saved, “believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” (Acts 16:29).
This again is another conditional. If we want to be “saved” (aka – have access to eternity with God in heaven) then we must believe that Jesus Christ is Who He said He was and did what the Bible says He did. If we don’t believe it we don’t have eternal life. If we do believe it we do have eternal life, and there will be some clear indications in the rest of our life that the relationship is real in terms of how we relate to other people and to God. It really is that simple, and as always, the choice is ours to make.