Term 1, Week 6, 2019 - Devotion

While recently re-reading the book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren I was reminded of the great hope that we have of eternal life in Jesus. The Bible clearly says in Ecclesiastes 3: 11 that ‘God has planted eternity in the human heart’. We were built to last, without an expiry date and an inbuilt desire for eternal life. It is the way God has designed us in order that we would be with Him forever. And whilst the sin of man has built a great chasm between us and God, it is the act of Jesus on the cross, dying for all of man’s sin and defeating death by rising again three days later that we now can have the secure hope of being with Him forever. 1 Corinthians 5: 1 says ‘For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands’. God is preparing a home for us that will last forever. This life we currently live is merely the warm up before the Grand Final or the entrée before the main meal. But what will it be like? We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 2: 9 that ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him’, however, we see a glimpse of what it will be like in Revelation 21: 1-7

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

As God’s chosen people, we look forward to the new heaven and the new earth. Jesus says as written in Matthew 25: 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” And again we are reminded in Hebrews 13: 14 ‘For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.’

As we navigate the seasons of life on earth it is helpful to continually be reminded that this is not our home and that one day God will gather His people for His purposes to be with Him forever. As Abraham Lincoln once said ‘Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for one day! No, no man was made for immortality’.

Mr Greg Driscoll
Head of Senior School