Eternity is in our DNA.
I can testify to the fact that as a young child I experienced what I call “a God moment”. I was running across a sunny meadow somewhere in California when I was stopped in my tracks. As I stood there in the Sun, I suddenly realized that I was I. This got me started on thinking about eternity when I tried to imagine the end of my existence. Only trouble was: I just could not wrap my head around the idea that on any given day I would simply cease to exist!
Later on, as an adult, I ran into a Bible verse that seemed to confirm what I’ve so strongly felt as a young child. In the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, Verse 11 it reads:
“He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”
This sounds very much like a watchmaker setting the clock as he is laboring over his handiwork – apparently our Creator has “timed” our hearts; and our heart clock is set on eternity. Man is meant to live forever! This is a very profound insight implying that we are not a fluke, here today, gone tomorrow. Our life means something!
Why would we exist forever if there was no purpose to our life? The truth is that we do matter; our life does have a purpose and death is detrimental to this purpose. I believe that’s why Jesus hates death. He was very upset when He encountered grief-stricken Mary mourning the death of her brother Lazarus. Nevertheless, a wonderful miracle happened that day to set things right once and for all.
As the Author of Life encounters death He puts an end to it and conquers it forever! The tomb stone was rolled away, and Lazarus came back from the dead, the physical evidence that Jesus has overcome our worst enemy.
Granted – we still die physically, however, the comforting truth is that our passing is not the end of our story. Jesus is waiting on the other side. Do we believe that? Jesus responded very strongly to Martha’s initial objections against opening her brother’s tomb and challenged her with the question (John 11:40):
“Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
Jesus is not asking a trick question here. Our answer should be a resounding – yes! – Because we will see God’s glory if we believe.