Death and Eternity

Bible:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers. Psalm 90:1-6 ESV

Share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. II Timothy 1:8b-10 ESV

Reflection:

Snoopy was a really silly dog. Whenever Charlie Brown blew soap bubbles, Snoopy would try to catch them and bring them back. He was able to gently catch them in his teeth, but they would always pop before he managed to bring them back to Charlie Brown. It’s really silly to try to catch and keep a soap bubble. They only last for a few moments, and then they pop and are gone forever.

Psalm 90 talks about our lives being as short as the life of a soap bubble when compared with God. God always has been, and he always will be. Before he made the mountains and the hills, he was there. To God, a thousand years is like just one day. But for human people, when God calls for our lives to be over, we return to the dust of the ground that we came from. Compared to God, our lives are as short as a dream, or as short as the life of  wild grass that grows in the morning and by the evening withers in the hot sun and dies. We might sometimes think that we are important and that our lives are important, but compared to God we really are nothing.

But even though our lives are short and fade away quickly, God loves us. He created us to live with him forever, and when our sin brought death and separation from God into the world, he sent a Savior. Jesus came to live a human life like ours, and he died for our sins on the cross. He didn’t stay dead, but instead he rose from the dead on the third day. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we don’t disappear forever like a soap bubble when we die. Instead, we enter God’s heavenly kingdom, where we will live forever with God in happiness and peace.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us and for sending Jesus, our Savior, to give us life forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source:

Schulz, Charles M. The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958 Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2005, p. 72.

 

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