“…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End…”
– Revelation 21:6
There was a time when I was not, but there will never be a time when I will not – be. This is the little considered truth about life which must be comprehended in order for us to make wise decisions. Ultimately, we will each experience the positive or negative spiritual impact of our own thinking and decisions about eternity. Tragically, for many around us, this vital understanding could arrive too late to be of any spiritual benefit!
The stark realities of physical death and eternity can easily be temporarily ignored. However, because this life is designed to prepare us for the next, neither reality can be escaped. These are two absolute certainties that are not subject to mankind’s will or personal preferences continually. Being – equals – reality! We are each alive and subject to the great privilege and responsibility of personally choosing where and with whom we will spend our tomorrows – forever!
Eternity can either be enjoyed with our loving Father in heaven or regretfully, be endured with mankind’s arch enemy, Satan. There is no middle ground! The utter waste and pain of choosing eternal separation from God is vividly described in Scripture. John explains how our enemy’s kingdom will finally be “…plunged into darkness.” To dramatize the tragic consequences of sin he says, “Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven…they refused to repent of what they had done.” (Revelation 16:10b-11) Each individual’s ultimate destination is a personal choice, but the fact that we will always exist – cannot be altered!
Eternity is as viable and dependable as God Himself. It remains as vast and timeless as the universe. Time here on earth is brief and designed to be temporary. Its hours primarily provide for matters’ process of physical decay. Eternity in contrast is spiritual – it effortlessly continues without decay – and has always existed outside of time! Remember that, “…With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) This is the dimension about which the Lord Jesus was speaking of when He declared, “…before Abraham was born, I Am!” (John 8:58) The Jewish leaders of His day fully grasped what He was saying. They knew He was referring to eternity and specifically identifying Himself as their preexistent Creator. This is why they immediately responded wanting to kill Him!
There is no diversity regarding salvation. The Bible says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Our loving Savior came from eternity so He could save our eternity! To acquaint us with His Father’s kingdom He explained,
“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
– John 14:2
No religious leader, prophet, priest, scholar, scientist, or philosopher has ever claimed to come from eternity except – Jesus! Mankind is therefore left with only one solitary “yes or no” decision. We can either accept what He said and about eternity or we can stubbornly choose to believe our own or someone else’s human conception about it. If we seek to define eternity – as we imagine it, then we do so at our own peril. Why? Because we have no creditable evidence to support our imagination. God purposely left us with no strange dark mystical version of – truth. In love, He clearly communicated His message, leaving a “blazing trail of light” in history for all the world to see. Today, we call that light Christmas!
Only the Lord could provide the light needed to help us home. This is why He declared, “…I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) For some to whom you witness, God’s forgiveness may seem too good to be true – so remind them “…nothing is impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37)
– By Billie Hanks Jr.