Life everlasting is all the power and the dignity and the beauty and delight and truth and sweetness that you experience now in children or marriage or lakes or mountains or rivers or sports or books or academics or laughter or food and you roll all of that into one experience and you put at the center of it the Giver of all of it; the forgiver of everything; the Lord; your Savior; your Sovereign; the all worthy one; the all glorious one - Jesus Christ - and you take that experience and you multiply it by ten then by a thousand then by ten million.
Eternal life will be such a weight of glory that it will feel as if we never knew happiness on this earth, and in a moment all of our earthly troubles will feel inconsequential. And it will go on and on and on. All of your earthly joy is fleeting. Food is good - it's gone . . . taste is gone. Sex is enjoyable - it's over . . . on earth there is an anticipation of pleasure. You're always looking forward to the next thing. You have a moment of delight and it passes. Joy here is always mingled with some pain. Delight is always interrupted by suffering. But not in heaven.
There the glory and delight and love are always growing, always swelling, always increasing as we see and learn and know more of God so that every Tuesday is better than Monday; every Wednesday is better than Tuesday; every Thursday better than Wednesday. Non-stop, continuous, everlasting glory . . . that's the hope, that's the aim, that's the blessedness of praising God and delighting in Him for ever and ever. That, friends, is what you were made for.
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Christ Is All Everlasting!
Kevin DeYoung spoke on the glories of heaven at the NEXT 2011 conference: