Eons upon EonsNovember 8, 2006
It’s a concept that you and I cannot fathom. A neverending measure of time; a dimention which, in itself, will have no standing because “what authority does time have in a world that will never end?” I’m referring the world to come that will endure for all of eternity. This evening, I really want to stress that which I always try to stress. This world is ever so brief and you may not be here tomorrow. That’s brutal honesty, however, it examplifies how fragile this present reality is. On the contrary, the world to come is forever and ever. I know that I stress this same point often, but the seriousity of it becomes buried underneath the clutter of frantic day to day living. When you get in your vehicle to go somewhere, you have no ironclad guarentee that you’re going reach your destination. You may be the safest driver in the country, however, you may encounter someone whose intoxicated and suddenly, your control of the situation is proven to be a fallacy. When you go to sleep tonight, you have no promise that you will see tomorrow. You never know what may happen at work and you never know when your neighbor will “lose his marbles.” (or her marbles) As this age draws to a close, you can expect the “loss of marbles” to reach epidemic proportions. (mens hearts failing them for fear)
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. We know that Lazarus entered Abrahams bosom and is now in eternity with the Lord. As for the rich man, two pieces of information are missing; his age, and his name. He may have lived over a hundred years. That’s nothing compared to the two thousand years that he’s been in hell. His name has no meaning in that place of torment and his legacy in this life has long since been obscured by the mists of time. Yet he will abide forever and his thirst will continue on. I’m not trying to depress anyone; this is to convey just how serious this really is. Your soul is priceless.
“Where do you want to be in five years?” This is a commonly asked question, designed to encourage people to begin making plans for their lives. (ex. go to college, start a business, build up a nest egg, enter the political circus) We focus almost exclusively on the world that is; the world that will soon have no standing. As a kid, I remember a movie entitled “Heaven can Wait.” I never saw it, but the title depicts the attitude that most people have. For most, the only time that they give any thought to the God of heaven is when either they’re in dire straits, or they’re at a funeral and the family members comfort each other with “He’s in a better place now.” (or “she’s in a better place now.”) Other than that, most hardly think of God at all. Even though anyone would have to admit that eternity can come at you when you least expect it. A question that I would propose is this: “Where do you want to be in five thousand years?”
If you have never given your heart to jesus, I pray that you would take these thoughts into consideration. When I was a kid, I too had my thoughts and dreams anchored firmly in the quicksand of this life. I pray that the Holy Spirit who opened my understanding in 1983 would open yours; that you would come to know jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Then you can have eternal life without ending in a world incorruptible. You and I will most likely never meet in this life, but perhaps in the eons to come in the new Jeusalem, we will meet and share our stories with each other; how Jesus saved us on that wonderful day when we repented of our sins and passed from death to life. How he delivered us from the power of the enemy and gave us strength to stand in the face of unprecidented adversity. How he changed us, in a moment; in the twinkling of an eye when he returned to earth and this corruption put on incorruption. How, because of his death at Calvary, burial, and resurrection three days later, we are now in a place of everlasting bliss and joy unspeakable instead of being in outer darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Luke 19:9-10 “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
John 6:37-40 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Fathers will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
What an incredible future for those in Christ. For those who came to him in this life. Not a single one of us deserves eternal life. It’s a gift and it’s yours for the asking. When you know Jesus Christ you will know what life really is. As you grow in Christ and learn of him, your love for him will continue to grow. As you begin to understand the deep things of God and begin to understand how awesome he really is and the awesomeness of the world to come. You’ll find that this world down here just doesn’t have the “allure” that it once had. The more that you set your affections on the world to come, the more that you’ll find yourself a “stranger in a strange land” as you sojourn here. You’ll have the hope of eternal life and the joy of the Holy Ghost no matter what happens here.
How long is an eon? Websters gives two definitions. 1: “an immeasurably or indefinatly long period of time.” 2a: “a very large division of geologic time usually larger than an era” 2b: “a unit of geologic time equal to one billion years.” It’s really a moot point as forever doesn’t fit into the realm of measurable items. Just as God inhabits all of eternity. Try to wrap your mind around that concept. You can’t do it and yet we know that it’s true. As I close, I would really urge you to set your affections on the world to come and to not obsess with the election results which are being reported, even as I blog. Such events form public policy and often make for lively theatre, but have no standing in eternity.