Giving us eternal life, Jesus provides an existence that goes beyond our imagination.
Being immersed in futility as we are, we have become used to our temporary arrangements and are quite unfamiliar with “forever and ever”. God on the other hand does not change and life with Him is not temporary – it is forever; but beyond that, eternal life represents the fulfillment of God’s dearest wish: to be reunited with His children. Family life in Heaven is what eternal life is all about. Unfettered by status and money, unencumbered by physical limitations and disease we live life in heaven.
Eternal life is an offer that God has put on the table, and we can take it or leave it. We do not pay to obtain eternal life; Jesus insists, it’s a free gift – just as much as He insists that we have to choose for ourselves whether or not to accept it. Once we do, eternal life is ours; and in case you were wondering – it is impossible to steal eternal life from a believer. What has been given has been given.
If we own something that is dear to us, there is always this element of fear that someone will come and take it from us. We are very protective of our treasures. So is God. God is very protective of us because He treasures us. When Jesus says: “Nobody can steal them [God’s children] from me” it means just that: It is impossible to bypass heaven’s premier security system. If anyone dares messing with God’s children, they have underestimated the Lion of Judah.
Two millennia ago, a tombstone barred the entrance to a certain rich man’s grave in Jerusalem. The grave site was donated to Jesus of Nazareth where He was laid to rest after His execution on the cross. To make sure nobody stole His body, the grave site was heavily guarded by Roman soldiers. On Easter morning, much to their dismay, an angel appeared like a flash of lightening and rolled away the tombstone.
Jesus rose from the dead – Praise God, He rose indeed! And we can rise with Him every morning when we get up and our feet hit the ground. One day, however, when our chapter “Life on Earth” comes to a close, we will finally rise to meet Him in person. And just like that, an exciting new chapter is about to unfold.