Eternity is a big word. Do you ever consider what it means for you? In the world, we know we may look forward to tomorrow, but we don’t expect eternity to come shortly. We always have something to do when our tomorrow comes. However, eternity is a little harder to comprehend than tomorrow. Can you even begin to image what eternity might encompass?
As children, the word is a total unknown; as adults, we have heard of it, but rarely spend time trying to understand it. As older citizens, we are more aware of it, but don’t really like to dwell on what it might mean for us individually. If we do spend time on the subject it is in wondering what we might do or if we will even exist. It probably helps a lot though to remind ourselves that God’s original plan took eternity into consideration. He designed it to be a time when all His accomplishments would come together in a glory mankind could not comprehend, but only contemplate. It holds a promise that we will one day understand the enormity of the love that the Father holds for His children; a time when we will understand that no price, known or unknown, would ever be too much to obtain His goal. Does that realization not give you cold chills, to realize that you cannot possibly comprehend the enormity of His constant and abiding love?
As you think about it you might wonder if there was not a better way to achieve the same result, but you would have to admit that even with your complicated brain cells you cannot even begin to comprehend the possibility. How can one explain something that has no beginning and will have no end? One can’t, one just simply must accept that some things have no explanation. Okay, then how does this knowledge or lack thereof affect how we think today and how we will live tomorrow? There is one thing that we all have in common, we all want to make it to the very top of whatever existence there is. Can we possibly understand enough to give us even a foothold?
Fortunately, Jesus told his disciples, Himself, before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:1-3).
Do you ever wonder just how many of your friends and neighbors you will see in eternity? It is a subject that most people don’t discuss because it is not something that can be proven until life as we know it on this earth ceases. So where do we turn to begin to understand? The only place to be able to speak authoritatively on eternity is the Word of God. Paul tells us in Romans that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (6:23) and Timothy admonishes us to fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called (1:6:12). John, who knew the Lord as well as anyone tells us that He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (1:5:12) and again that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (3:15).
This is not a subject that we who are alive today talk about very much if at all, but it is a subject that needs to be considered seriously not just idly hoped for. Surely, we will see our friends and neighbors there, happy and smiling. Will we? Do you know that your neighbor and friend will be there with you to enjoy the glories God has contrived for those who love Him? Can we afford to assume? An expression we have heard all our lives is that it is better to be safe than sorry. Is it so hard to simply ask the one you love if they already have their bags packed? Their tickets have already been paid for by God’s own Son!