The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It is a magnificent time of the year, a time of festivity, merriment, bright shining eyes, and brilliant toothy grins.  I slaved over masterpiece lunches as my daughter, Kate, darted through my legs asking over and over, “How many more sleeps?”

If you’re dreaming of tinsel and gift-wrap, think again.  The event Katie yearned for, the celebration that triggered a daily count down, and the day many adults collapsed in relief (except maybe teachers), is the first day of school.

As I prepared our daughter for her first day of grade one I was amazed over how much preparation went into that day.  New clothes were bought.  New school supplies were sourced.  A backpack and lunch bag completed the shopping list.  We spent time discussing expectations, work ethics, and how to choose good friends.

As exciting as the commencement of school is, it cannot compare to how thrilling the first day in eternity will be for those who place their trust and hope in Jesus.

I have a lot of unanswered questions surrounding eternity, but doubts about my final destination isn’t one of them.  I wonder if the sun will rise and set in Heaven.  Will Heaven resemble earth in any way?  Will I be greeted by loved ones gone before or be greeted by Jesus himself?  Will I have questions for God or will being in his glorious presence silence me?  These are only some of the queries that float through my mind but not once do I wonder where I’ll spend eternity.  That question was settled the day God quickened my heart to respond to his love.  That question was answered when Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I responded in thanksgiving, in worship, and change.

Just like Katie and I prepared for her first day of school, I try to plan for milestones in life.  A wise person once told me to never leave the details until the last-minute.  Think of the factors that go into planning a wedding, a vacation, and retirement.  Some of us have even planned so far ahead our own funerals are organized and paid for!  Crossing into eternity is the biggest journey I will ever take.  It is a one-way ticket to an everlasting home.  I’ve planned my trip.  Have you planned yours?

If you are unsure about where you will spend eternity look up these verses found in the Bible that answer the question: How do we get eternal life?

Jesus tells us in John 17:3 that we get eternal life by knowing God the Father through his son, Jesus.  “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

1 John 5:12, “He who has the son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

John 5:24, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

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