In August, I shared thoughts with you on the meaning of life. We turned to Jesus, “Lord of Life”, for the answer to the question “What is life all about?”
We were reminded that Jesus stated his purpose was to bring us “life in all its fullness;” “abundant life.” (John 10:10) John reminds us, in that best known verse of all, John 3:16, Jesus came to bring those who believe in Him and receive Him “eternal life.”
These two aspects of life are brought together so powerfully in the definition of eternal life that I once came across: “Eternal life is a new quality of living that begins now and lasts for all eternity.”
To understand the concept of eternity is impossible for us to comprehend fully with our finite minds, but we do find a wonderful picture in scripture to help us understand the eternal life believers in Christ are promised. David concludes the 23rd Psalm with this wonderful image: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6) Eternity is here pictured as living in the presence of God in His dwelling place forever.
Jesus, the descendent of David, was comforting the disciples as He helped them come to terms with His own impending death. Jesus, employing the self-same image used by His ancestor David who lived some thousand years earlier, to assure His followers: “Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus said. “Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you, so that where I am, you will be also.” (John 14:1-3)
Eternity is described to us as a continuation of our life in the Father’s presence forever, dwelling with Jesus in our Father’s house.
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” Jesus said. Jesus is the source of life; life abundant and life eternal.
Are you living a new quality of life in Christ here and now, in the assurance that this life will continue with Him for all eternity?
I leave you with the words of John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die, but have eternal life!”