The Lord put this devotion on my heart to share with you before Easter, the day Jesus was resurrected, paying our sin debt in full. Read below the devotion I gave Sunday, March 28, 2021. I asked a friend to perform Amazing Grace.
I’ve asked Neil to sing Amazing Grace for us today.
I love the line in Amazing Grace that says:
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright Shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun”
Today I want to you about Eternity, eternity
Dear Heavenly Father, I love you. Help me articulate this message that you have laid on my heart. It’s hard for us feeble humans to understand eternity, please give me the words to say. Please be with this church Dear God, lead, guide and direct us as we make important decisions, we want your will to be done. Please place your comforting and healing hand on everyone on the prayer request list as you see fit and the unspoken prayer requests, I am sure you know their needs. Be with our country. I pray that the leaders of this country would come to you in prayer asking your guidance before implementing any policies that affect us all. Be with brother Zack as he brings the message, you have laid on his heart. Forgive me of where I have failed you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
First, what is or how long is eternity? The dictionary’s definition says Endless or unending time, A state to which time has no application; timelessness.
When I was coming up with some examples to try and explain what this might look like I thought about when I take our dogs out at night, I oftentimes look up on a clear night and see God’s beautiful and amazing creation and I see all the stars that God spoke into existence. I see millions of stars and I wonder how many stars are there and does that equal eternity? Supposedly, the stars add up to a 10 with 24 zeros and it begs the question, does that equal eternity? No it doesn’t
Another example I thought of was, if you have ever been to the ocean and looked out as far as you can see where the water and sky meet and you can see the sun rising or setting, another beautiful example of God’s might, that he spoke into existence. It’s as if you can see forever, does that somehow equal or represent eternity? No, that still doesn’t match eternity.
Then I wondered how many drops of water make up the ocean, what if every drop of water in the ocean represented 10,000 years of eternity, would that somehow equal eternity, there’s roughly 26 sextillion drops of water in all the oceans, does that add up to eternity? And the answer is no it doesn’t.
The truth is we are not equipped to understand God’s power and might as human beings we can’t fathom what eternity is going to be like.
When I think of spending eternity, with our Heavenly Father forever and ever and ever, the ever’s don’t end. When I think of that it brings a smile to my face.
If we are a born-again Christian, if we asked Jesus into our heart, if we repented from our sins. If we believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, in a miracle in itself, that Jesus walked the earth free of sin, teaching and preaching, healing the lame and sick, that he died on the cross for our sins and was raised on the third day and sits on the right hand of the Father, then we are going to live forever and ever and ever praising God and that should bring a smile to your face.
What I would like for you to do is turn to your neighbor and say eternity to them? Can you say it without smiling? Can you really think about spending eternity in Heaven without smiling?
The Bible says…John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Today when you go from one place to the other, from here to upstairs to Sunday School or to the main Church worship area and you pass by someone, say eternity to them as they pass by and see if they smile or if you can keep from smiling, because it is going to be awesome to live in Heaven and praise our Heavenly Father for eternity, forever and ever and ever. The ever’s don’t end.
The devotion turned out very good and went right along with the Pastor’s sermon preparing us for Holy Week.