Eternal life is not a commonly thought about topic within our society today. We are so focused on the immediate that the thought of eternity does not fit within the framework of the human mind. We spend so much time worrying about making progress that we fail to remember what we are progressing toward. Often times we have a skewed vision of eternity. We tend to view eternity as a length of time, when we should view it as a depth of love. It’s not about living forever, but about being loved forever. God’s desire is for each person to move from a temporal life on this earth to an eternal life in heaven. That is why he went to great length to ensure you could make this transition. Jesus Christ paid a high price by leaving heaven and coming to Earth. He made a bold sacrifice to risk his life for a sinner like you. He knew, however, that by crossing over from eternity into this world, he was making a way for you to transition across that same line into a forever relationship with God.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16 NLT
Easter is the most prominent time for people to engage with a local church. All across the nation, people flood into the doors of churches, some punching the proverbial God-clock, while others are secretly searching for hope. Why do so many people attend church on Easter Sunday? It’s not because churches advertise better. It’s not because they put on a better show than usual. Deep down, those things don’t move people.
So what moves a person to be in church?
We, as humans created by an eternal God, are drawn by one thing more than anything else in the world. LOVE. We all desire to be loved and we all want to give love out. And every Easter, year after year, the same story of love is proclaimed across the world. A love that forgives. A love that cares. A loves that is patient. A love that wins. The simple message of Jesus Christ is the most compelling story that anyone can hear. And though our human minds cannot comprehend an eternity with God, our hearts know This Is Love.
How does it make you feel to know that God isn’t just saving you into eternity, but is committed to loving you forever?
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” – 1 John 4:16 NLT