Eternity on Our Hearts

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Think back to all the preparations you made to enjoy Christmas. All the planning. All the shopping. All the visiting, thinking, praying, deciding, conversing, questioning,

It doesn’t seem fair that all that planning, anticipating, and working is just to celebrate one day!

So, here’s the good news.

Christmas is not just one day! The song is right! There are Twelve Days of Christmas, starting with December 25!

You can still celebrate! It isn’t too late. You don’t have to worry that you weren’t able to get everything done in that twenty-four-hour period!

This is a gift from God, that he gives us time. More time that we might think we had or could ever have. Not just for Christmas, but for anything.

Especially for what is important.

While not infinite in this world, there is still time for you.

There is still time to say, “I’m sorry.”

There is still time to say, “I love you.”

There is still time to say, “Jesus, please save me!”

If you are breathing there is still time.

Some make the mistake of thinking there will be enough time for all those things. Enough time later.

But time does run out. Time does come to an end.

That doesn’t mean that you will, however!

King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, said that God put “eternity into man’s heart.” That means that God created us to live forever.

But when Adam and Eve brought sin into this world and into our human nature, that eternity would be a never-ending hell.

God loves us too much to let that happen.

So, God did something about it.

God sent Jesus, born on Christmas day, to carry our sins on himself and die on the cross.

His death was the prescribed penalty for sin, according to the Word of God.

Ezekiel 18:4 states it clearly, “the soul who sins shall die.”

Jesus’ death means our life.

Jesus’ resurrection means that even though we physically die, we will also rise from the grave one day.

One day. At the end of time.

We will live eternally, just as we were originally created to.

What will that be like?

I’m not exactly sure. The Bible paints a picture of a garden (like Eden), and then tells us what won’t be there: sin, death, tears, pain, or sorrow.

Gardens are nice, I guess. But I’m thinking that because God does things on a large scale that the garden of heaven is more like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Tuscany, and the Hawaiian Islands all wrapped up together!

My favorite description of heaven, however, comes from a Sunday school student I heard once.

“Heaven is where it is Christmas morning all the time!”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, because you have put eternity in my heart, I will live forever. I pray that your Holy Spirit will keep me in the one, true faith – just as promised – so that I will live forever in paradise with you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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