“And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” vs. 3
Despite the fact that eternal life is pretty much beyond our understanding, we have a tendency to engage in mostly fruitless speculation and debate about what it may be like. One basic mistake is to picture eternity as “endless time” and imagine that it stretches on and on, one year after another, with no ending at all. While such a vision might bring momentary satisfaction, upon reflection, it’s obvious that such a life would be hell. No matter how much we might detest death. we have to admit that it’s the reality of endings that gives life in this world its joys and delights. Jesus tells us that eternal life is more like timelessness. He describes it as knowing God, and more particularly as knowing himself. It’s like one of those moments that come along occasionally when we completely lose track of time. In those experiences we are engaged so fully that hours can pass and it may seem like only a minute. To know God is like that, and more than that, it’s a connection so intimate that absolutely nothing, not even death can destroy it. To put it another way, eternal life means becoming one with God now and forever. With eternal life we can rest peacefully in the present. No matter what happens we are going to be okay!
Thought for the Day: When have I experienced timelessness?