PASTOR'S PEN: Will eternal life be boring?
It was the ninth inning of the game. The Tigers were down to the White Sox with a score of 4-2. The game hadn’t been going well for the Tigers since the first inning and this looked to be the end of the game. But then Victor Martinez stepped up to the plate. The ball came flying toward the plate and Victor smacked it into the right field stands! Home run! Later, Alex Avila singles on a ground ball bringing in John Hicks, tying up the game. This game became very exciting, very quickly. However, the Tigers ended the inning with a tied game sending it into extra innings.
I was excited to see if the Tigers could pull this off, probably the most excited I had been about the game since the Tigers had last scored in the sixth inning. It didn’t take long into the tenth before the White Sox scored and ended up with two more runs. Would the Tigers top that? Would they tie? It didn’t look good as they struggled from the get-go of this inning. I hoped they would at least tie so they could challenge again for the win, but I was about the only one. Those behind me wanted the Tigers to win, but it didn’t seem likely. A tie was possible, but the fans in the stands quietly hoped for the loss. Why? It was cold and windy. It had been a long day, starting out at 4:30 a.m. and now, 12 hours later, they were ready to go home. They weren’t at work and they didn’t have to do anything strenuous, but life in that cold, windy mezzanine was becoming unbearable. They preferred for this game to be over.
Many times when we hear the term “eternal life,”, we think of it like the 10th inning of that baseball game. It’s a long time doing nothing. That may be fun and relaxing for a while, but eventually, like those fans in the stands, you will want to move onto something else. But that’s not at all what the Bible means when it talks about “eternal life.”
Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that they (those who believe on Him) may have life, and have it to the full.” This means that it is a life complete with joy and peace and excitement and passion. It’s a life that is totally fulfilled in Christ. It is a life that begins once someone comes to salvation and continues even after they die. Jesus said this in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies…”
Jesus brings eternal life — not a life that just goes on for years and years full of pain, heartache, depression and agony – but a life that is complete in Him. Yes, there will be trouble in this world, but, when we are with Christ one day, that will all pass and life will be completely full. It begins now, with a peace in knowing God is in control and joy from knowing Christ as Lord and Savior; but will be fulfilled completely when we see him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Eternal life isn’t something that will drag on nor something to dread. It is the fulfillment of everything that is great and more than we could ever hope for or dream. But it only comes to those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Will you receive eternal life?
“…to all who receive Him (Jesus Christ), to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)