Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Here is Eternity
There, we hear Jesus not only proclaiming His identity and intentions, but also showing his heart for men. In it, He prays for men. All of us. Believers and unbelievers. Disciples and newbies.
In it, he speaks out loud His love for us in plain words, not by saying 'I love you', but by telling us what He most deeply wishes for us.
I like that. A lot.
But He also shows us something we have a very hard time grasping.
He shows us the nature of eternity.
Father, the time has come.--John 17:1
Jesus understands that progress of time and that certain times are designated for certain things.
His declaration separates the things designated for certain times from those designated for all times, that is, to be eternal.
Glorify your Son that your Son may glorify You. For you granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him.--John 17:1-2
Jesus is talking about Himself, of course, and states plainly His job from the beginning of time. He does this so that we, who live in time, can recognize His eternal mission. Like any good boss, He clearly articulates Himself, telling us what must be accomplished and when.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.--John 17:3
This is the job--both Jesus' and ours.
And eternal does not mean later, afterlife, or heaven.
Eternal means always--now, before, and yet to come.
And this life, then, this life of knowing, is eternal. It is to be done always.
It is a knowing that must precede the doing. Understanding eternity and our God who inhabits it is the source of strength, the beginning of right motivation, and the intentional goal of every holy thought and action.
This is life, and life eternal. Today. Right now.