“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”-John 17:3
Everyone has ideas about what happens when we die. For materialists, when people die, they simply decompose. Others believe in reincarnation, paradise with 77 virgins, or time in purgatory. Some people envision winged cherubs playing harps as they sit among the clouds, or greeting Peter at the pearly gates. In truth, many of our ideas about the afterlife come from Bugs Bunny rather than scripture.
Jesus frequently talked about the kingdom of God, but he was not referring only to a future kingdom. Eternal life is not a paradise of material comforts, it is the final realization of the way things ought to be. Heaven is loved actualized. Jesus prayed that eternal life is found in “knowing” the Father and Son, but not just head knowledge. Biblically, to “know” is to have relational intimacy. We cannot fully know another person unless we spend time together. Heaven is truly knowing and being know by God.
Jesus, your prayer are some of the most profound words ever written down. I admit that my thoughts about you are often off-base, which leads me to wrong thinking and wrong living. Help me to know you and relish the fact that our intimacy will grow on into eternity. Amen.