Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” Revelation 14:13
The promise of eternal life is a central hope of our Christian faith. It sustains us through times of pain and grief. The joys of our life on earth are made even greater by the promise of everlasting joy and peace. We do not know exactly what eternal life will be like, but we know that the glimpses of its beauty that are given to us in the New Testament suggest things more wonderful than we can imagine.
The hope of eternal life is a hope for the end of suffering, pain and death. In the Revelation, John’s vision says, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain…” (Revelation 21:4). As we struggle in our lives, we find strength and joy in this great hope.
Eternal life also brings the promise of knowing the answers to those deep questions that have escaped us. Paul reminds us in the great chapter on love in 1 Corinthians. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Eternal life brings the promise that the sin and selfishness that has hounded us will be completely erased in that moment when we see Christ in heaven. We are meant to be created in the image of Jesus and that will show up in us perfectly in eternity. As John says, “…we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2) and “…God who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6).
And that is the greatest and most important blessing of eternal life. We will live forever in the loving presence of God. Nothing can be a greater blessing to us as believers. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
Love in Christ,