Eternal Life Instead of Everlasting Death

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | April 06, 2020

My Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters,

We were planning to meet together in our respective churches this week and commemorate what we have received: eternal life instead of everlasting death.  We are instead experiencing a hands-on workshop displaying to us the importance of the accomplishments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through His Death on the Cross of Golgotha and through His Resurrection from the Tomb in the nearby Garden: His Death physically paid for the death penalty of sin to which we were all sentenced when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and His Resurrection unleashed a new and eternal life that all those that are His can enjoy even now and forever.   

We are being reminded daily on local news, even hourly on cable news, that our physical lives here are limited.  As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”  Death is certain, but hopefully delayed for us all as long as possible, just as income taxes are certain, albeit delayed this year.    

And so, let us remember that we have not received eternal life by what we have done or said, or by any goodness within ourselves, but by a benevolent act of God.   

And, let us proclaim that this eternal life is given to all who repent from their own ways, the ways inherited from Adam, that is, our own selfish desires and our ignoring or even defying the God who has graciously given us physical life and all else around us, and ask for His mercy and then follow the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Lord has promised to turn none away that come to Him. 

Finally, let us give thanks for this great kindness by thinking, speaking, and living that good which He has prepared for us to do.

Here is a reminder to us from Paul the Apostle: 

From Ephesians 2:1-10 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

Happy Easter!!

(Let me clarify “eternal life” here.  Our Lord taught that all of us will live on forever beyond death: however, some will live on in eternal communion in the eternal Light with the Triune God while others will exist in eternal separation in the eternal Darkness [eternal death].)