Looking into Eternity.
In the work of teaching religious instruction at schools, one is thinking about the future lives of the children. What values do they have to make wise choices? Who can they trust when in times of need?
In the times of visiting older folks, one is constrained to ponder the great hereafter. Life beyond the grave for many is so unknown. Someone said to me recently “how can we know as no-one has sent word back from the otherside”. Well, I could write about many that have been to the otherside and have come back. I have met such. One very interesting story of this is written as ‘My descent into death’ by Howard Storm. Check the internet for details.
For me, the best hope for the great tomorrow lies in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. If, as He claimed, He came to earth from heaven, then He ought to know. And speak about the future He sure did.
Repeatedly He referred to heaven, the place where God is, a place untouched by the failures of earth, a place where rewards for good are eternal. He called it “My Father’s house”. And for us how reassuring that He has gone ahead to prepare that place for those who believe in Him. (John 14).
The Lord spoke of hell as a real place of eternal torment. How terrifying to think of people landing in that place, without hope, without God in utter darkness forever.
Living in denial of these things does not cure the problem. Listening to the many religions of earth only confuses the issue. How can we be sure? - take a Bible and read the teachings of the Lord Jesus.
In the final analysis, we are left depending on the promises of God through His Son – Jesus. To gather some :-
“If you believe not that I am He (Son of God from heaven), you will die in your sins.... where I am going you cannot come.” -John 8
A man said to me yesterday that he owed his conversion, to a nephew of 8 years who said to him “ you are going to Hell’. He thought about and soon trusted the Lord Jesus to be saved from hell.
The positive promises are many. I select some:-
“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14
“I give unto My sheep eternal life and they will never perish” John 10
“Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations.” Luke 24
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.” John 3
The rest of the New Testament confirms the reality of Heaven and Hell along with the hope of eternal life as a gift given to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 6.23
Maybe this is being read by someone feeling how temporary life is. Thinking about eternity. Looking for hope beyond the grave.
Seek the Lord today, with all your heart, and you will find Him. Trust upon His promises. In Him you can have peace and assurance .
If you do not have a Bible, let me know, and I will try to get one to you.