"If anyone hears what I am saying and doesn't take it seriously, I don't reject him. I didn't come to reject the world;
I came to save the world. But you need to know that whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I'm saying, is willfully choosing rejection. The Word, the Word-made-flesh that I have spoken and that I am, that Word and no other is the last word.
I'm not making any of this up on my own. The Father who sent me gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it.
And I know exactly what his command produces: real and eternal life. That's all I have to say. What the Father told me, I tell you."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.