Posts Tagged ‘Eternal Life

08
Sep
17

The Promise Of Eternal Life

Sometimes we forget that this life is not all that there is. God has promised us eternal life through faith in His Son, Jesus. But we get distracted from that promise by the things of this world and we get pulled away from Jesus. This is what John wrote:

As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life. – 1 John 2:24-25 (NIV)

If you are a follower of Jesus, you are going to Heaven. Say that real quick – “I am going to Heaven.” That’s not a wish upon a star or from a genie or a cricket. That’s not a dream or a fantasy. That’s a rock-solid promise from God. He’s not going to change the game on you mid-stream. So faithfully remain in Him. Don’t wander off. You don’t want to miss this…
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11
Aug
17

Jesus Is Life

1 John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word of life. John said that Jesus was real. He could be seen, heard and touched. John then goes on to write:

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NIV)

Jesus is life. He does not merely give life. He was not just alive when He walked on earth. He was not only alive when God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is the very definition of life. If you want to have life, then you need Jesus. No one and nothing else can give you life the way that Jesus can. Why? Because Jesus is eternal life. Jesus said about Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many things promise life, but only Jesus delivers. He makes good on His promise to grant life and life eternal. It is because Jesus is life.
17
Feb
17

Heaven Forever

Good Friday morning to you! The twenty-third psalm ends on such a hopeful note. David concludes with,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. – Psalm 23:6b (ESV)

This is something to get excited about! We are going to live in Heaven forever. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, He gives us the promise of eternal life with God. God’s goodness and faithful love are ours throughout our time on earth and we get to enjoy being in His presence forever in Heaven. The Bible tells us that Heaven is a place where there is no weeping or mourning or pain. Imagine never hurting again in any way. No more illness or disease and that includes mental illness and depression. No more cancer. No more knee or back pain. No more migraines or fibromyalgia. No more heartache or emotional pain. No more addictions or struggles with sin. There will be no more death. We will truly be free to enjoy the presence of Jesus forever. Amen.
23
Jan
17

Choose Your Road

Jesus provides a sort of spiritual GPS for us when it comes to the road of life that we’re on in Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV):
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
If we are going to follow Him, we need to know a couple of things. First, we’re going to have to make a choice to follow Him. We have to choose the narrow road. A narrow road is harder to stay on and we must be more careful when navigating our way through life. Second, we’re going to have times when we are lonely. Jesus said that few find it. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to reach people who are on the road to destruction. We must plead with people to join us on the narrow road for after all, this road leads to eternal life. Jesus is our guide on this road. He walked it before us. He’ll lead us down the road and through the gate that leads us home. Let us listen to His voice and follow His lead.
18
Mar
16

No Victory For Death!

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  — 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (NIV)

Sometimes it seems as though death wins.  We lose someone we love and cherish and there is no consoling us.  The memories of their life linger on and make the sting of death that much more unbearable.  Life goes on for everyone outside of our realm, but for us it stands still for days.  We don’t know how people can go on living their lives when for us there seems to be nothing but numbness.

As a pastor, I deal with death often.  More often than I would like.  I spend time with families who have lost loved ones and that is the time that I feel most inadequate.  What words can I offer that could comfort them in this difficult time?  Sometimes words fail me, but I know that Truth never fails.  The Truth is that Jesus is coming back.  There is no sting in death or victory for the grave!  Jesus conquered the grave when God raised Him from the dead!  Though tears may sting our cheeks for a while, death will not sting our souls forever!  Just as Christ was raised, those who have died and have been buried with Him will be raised as well.  That’s the promise of Romans 6 and 1 Corinthians 15.  Our hope is in Christ and He gives true victory over the grave!

All praise be to His powerful, holy Name!

PRAYER: Thank You, God, for raising Jesus from the dead and conquering the grave forever. Thank You, Father, for the hope that we have in our resurrected Savior. Fill me with hope today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

29
Dec
15

Heaven IS For Real

Micah 4:1-5 (NIV)

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and peoples will stream to it.

Many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between many peoples
    and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine
    and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
All the nations may walk
    in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord
    our God for ever and ever.

 
Imagine a seemingly endless stream of people coming to worship Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe.  When the end of time comes, this is what Micah says will happen.  The heavenly Jerusalem will be the center of worship for our Savior.  In Micah’s day, people would follow the Euphrates River to worship pagan gods in Babylon.  Micah prophesies of the day when God’s people will pour into the heavenly Mount Zion to exalt the Lord.
We don’t think about or talk about Heaven enough in our world.  We get so busy living one day to the next that we sometimes forget that this life isn’t all there is.  There’s more to come!  We will spend eternity in God’s presence.  We will walk and talk with God for eons.  We will see Jesus face to face and spend trillions of years with Him.  Heaven will never end.  I don’t know what we’ll be doing for sure, but I know that it will be worth the sacrifices made in this life.  When Jesus returns to take us home, the pain of this life will be forgotten.  The tears shed in this world will be wiped away.  Illnesses – physical and mental – will be healed.  The troubles of these days will be no more.  Persecution will be avenged by the Lord God.  All that is left will truly be Heaven.  And we’ll be there forever…
 
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I want to spend eternity with You.  I want to live forever with You.  Thank You for saving me by the gift of Your love and grace.  Amen.
21
Mar
11

No Victory For Death!

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  — 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (NIV)

Sometimes it seems as though death wins.  We lose someone we love and cherish and there is no consoling us.  The memories of their life linger on and make the sting of death that much more unbearable.  Life goes on for everyone outside of our realm, but for us it stands still for days.  We don’t know how people can go on living their lives when for us there seems to be nothing but numbness.

As a pastor, I deal with death often.  More often than I would like.  I spend time with families who have lost loved ones and that is the time that I feel most inadequate.  What words can I offer that could comfort them in this difficult time?  Sometimes words fail me, but I know that Truth never fails.  The Truth is that Jesus is coming back.  There is no sting in death or victory for the grave!  Jesus conquered the grave when God raised Him from the dead!  Though tears may sting our cheeks for a while, death will not sting our souls forever!  Just as Christ was raised, those who have died and have been buried with Him will be raised as well.  That’s the promise of Romans 6 and 1 Corinthians 15.  Our hope is in Christ and He gives true victory over the grave!

All praise be to His powerful, holy Name!




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