Summary: Today we are continuing our series entitled “AfterLife”…looking at what God wants us to realize about our ultimate existence…about eternal life.
What Will Eternity Be Like? (Part 2)
Brad Bailey – May 11, 2014
Today we are continuing our series entitled “AfterLife”…looking at what God wants us to realize about our ultimate existence…about eternal life.
I want to begin sharing a gravestone epitaph. Epitaphs usually say something about the person who chose them. This one is on a grave in London, England…and I am confident was written by overworked mother. It reads:
“Weep not for me, friend
Though death do us sever
I am going to do nothing
Forever and ever.”
The idea of rest certainly sounds good to a lot of us …but if you are an activist the idea of being idle forever sounds horribly boring…a little nap yes…but eternal rest or sing-alongs…doesn’t sound like something so satisfying.
If we are honest, many of us may imagine heaven without the challenges that make us feel alive… without the attachments that make life meaningful… without the tastes of sin that make it flavorful…. and without the earthly vices that offer us comfort.
I believe that says a lot more about how deprived our nature is than what eternity holds for us.
We are so attached to our little activity and vices…and comforts….that we can’t imagine anything a whole new level of satisfaction.
Similarly many people today have become quite cavalier in regards to their eternal destiny. As they look at religious people…often uptight or self-righteous…they find consolation in their friends who try hard to have a good time and determine, “If my friends are going to be in hell…I’d rather party in hell with my friends.”
Such a cavalier approach neither understands hell, nor heaven.
There is indeed a party that awaits us, but it’s not in hell, it’s in heaven.
Jesus began one of his stories about heaven saying,
Matthew 22:2 (NIV)
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
When God’s reign is revealed in it’s fullness… it is like a wedding feast. A wedding feast was the event a father showed all his love and blessing into.
It is the party of a lifetime… days of celebration.
Unlike modern cultures in which the son or daughter now left home…the bride would be moving in and all would live in the father’s household…in this case…the king’s household.
We shouldn’t be surprised that Jesus loved a party…got in trouble for having too much fun with sinners…sinners who found joy of forgiveness and were willing to follow him.
> The point is that something wonderful is at hand.
Jesus spoke of “this age” and “the age to come.” In “this age” Jesus said, people marry, are given in marriage and die.” he said. In ‘that age”…the age to come… there is a whole new freedom of life. The age to come is not governed by the boundaries of this age. The possibilities for human life are not contained in the assumption of “this age.