Eternity with God: What will that be like?

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Sequim Community Church, Wa 98382
Dr. Scott E. Koenigsaecker
December 18, 2011
John 1:1-14

INTRODUCTION:
A. The first Christmas was a statement about eternal life.
"The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life
brought life to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness can never extinguish it."
John 1:45
"And He will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end."
Luke 1:33
"The Saviorye,
the Messiah, the Lord has
been born today in
Bethlehem, the City of David." Luke 2:11
B. It is what He promised; it is why He came.
* The Garden of Eden is where it all started.
(Genesis 1:2627)
* "For God loved the world so much that He gave His One and only
Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have
eternal life." John 3:16
I. WHAT WILL ETERNITY WITH GOD BE LIKE?
A. There are 134 references to heaven in the Bible.
B. How does the Bible describe heaven?
* It is a real, glorious place. (Revelation 21:1825)
* It is a place without pain and sorrow. (Revelation 21:4)
* We will be immortal like the angels. (Luke 20:36)
* We will be completely in the presence of God.
(Revelation 21:3)
* Our faithful service in His name will be celebrated and rewarded.
(Matthew 25:21)
II. ETERNITY: GETTING FROM HERE TO THERE.
A. The problem with eternity is it is a long way away…
B. Christmas is about an infinite God who became a finite human being.
"For the child within here was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she
will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus for He will save His
people from their sins."
Matthew 1:21
C. "But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to
become children of God. They are rebornnot
with physical
rebirth…but a birth that comes from God."
John 1:1213
D. Belief is:
* Faith in the facts
* Trust where we don't have facts
* Action receive Christ's invitation
E. "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on
the realities of heaven…think about the things of heaven…."
Colossians 3:12
* We think about heaven:
* In our pain
* In our pleasures
F. Romans 10:913

This is the English transcript
today we're going to talk about eternity


and just that word the idea of the


eternity or infinity it gets our
minds racing


like the cosmologist and the
scientists


We too would


just love to


touch the hem of the universe


the edge where our universe ends and
eternity or infinity begins


the first Christmas is


very much a statement about eternity


let's look at our scripture passage this
morning


versus four and five


John in his very poetic language


makes it clear that


Jesus is coming to this planet is a
statement about eternity


the word gave life to everything that
was created


and his life brought life to everyone


the light shines in the darkness in the
darkness can never extinguish it


God came to this planet to


illumine the reality that God loves us to


illuminate and


change our lives from the inside out he
came to illumine


our path


that leads from this life to the next


couple more passages that punctuate this
for us


Luke chapter one and he will reign over
Israel forever


his kingdom will


What? never ends


and then finally


passage we've looked at the last couple
of weeks Luke two eleven


the savior yes the messiah the Lord has
been born today and Bethlehem


the city of David


the messiah the Lord savior each of
those titles of Jesus carry with them a


a great sense of eternity


As Carol read in the


the scripture for


Our Advent lighting today he will come a
savior


To gather us up so that we would what
spend eternity with him


eternity is what God promised us


eternity is well what


Christmas is all about


it begins really in Genesis in Genesis
chapter two


the Bible reminds us that


human beings were created in the image
of God


and that


image of God was set in a perfect
environment in the garden of Eden


that we were


created in the image of God well we're
stamped with that reality that's


what makes us


different then well everything else that
was created


and despite the popular


movie the rise of the planet of the
apes


the smartest chimpanzees are they'll
never be a creature


created in the image of God


we were created in the image of God
because it was God's desire that we


spend our existence with him


that were special in that


and because we're


created in the image of God that's a
promise that God makes to us


that even


the failure of our sin


Removing us from the garden of Eden cannot
distinguish


it is what God promised


in the Christmas


Reality isn't it?


Look at John three sixteen


here John kind of sums up what he's been
talking about


in the coming of Jesus to our planet


he said for God so loved the world


that he gave his one and only son that
everyone who believes in him well not


perish but have what


eternal life everlasting life


it was his purpose


it was his mission


it's what God promised


and God made good on his promises by
coming personally so that


we can believe in him and we can have
eternal life


eternal life I wonder what eternal life is
going to


be like


some would say that no one really knows
what heaven or eternity is going to be


Like like a one mother who


eight-year-old son was busy


drawing at the table one Christmas


the mother asked him


what are you doing


he says I'm drawing a picture
of


of heaven of eternity


she said well nobody really knows
what heaven or eternity is going to be


like


The little boy declared they will when
I finish


see the Bible does detail for us


some very important things about what
eternity what heaven is really going to


be like


there are a hundred and thirty four
different references in the Bible to


heaven


five key passages


point out that number one heaven is going
to be a of very glorious place


a wonderful place to be


simply take all the wonderful things in
life and


just


put them end to end


Christmastime there's very great
Meaning great experience great joy


great celebration just take that
experience and multiply it to the


Enth degree


and now we're getting pretty close to
what


Eternity is going to be like how glorious
that will be


Revelation twenty one also says that
it's


a place where there is no more pain


and no more suffering


and we'll take that won't we?


If we're going to have a heavenly experience
it can't have pain and suffering


we've got plenty of that now


and we can imagine


Can't we for a moment just imagine a place
where there isn't any pain or suffering


no more tears no more stress anxiety


I want to go there


the Bible says in Luke


that we will have


bodies that are immortal will be like
the angels


and we get to hear a little bit about
the angels as we


moved through the Bible even in the
Christmas story


they obviously spoke so that


the shepherds understood them


they too are special not created in the
image of God though


and they have these


heavenly bodies


so will we


heaven is a place where we're


perfectly in the presence of God


Christmastime is one of those
experiences where we


feel more maybe in the presence of God
then other times during the year


we come to worship and we feel a
connection I was at a party yesterday


and


this is how a man who spoke to me described


his relationship with God he said I feel
a connection between my soul and the


soul of God


my spirit and the spirit of God


and when we come to worship we feel
that connection


we feel that presences with God and we
think to ourselves wow if we could


just


have that all the time wouldn't that be
awesome


that's what heaven is like


it's feeling that special connection
with Christ that we feel in worship


all the time


and finally the Bible says


heaven is the place where your service
will be celebrated and rewarded


God is equiping us and calling us
to


do things in his name in his honor


and we often want to think well we're just
doing that and God's not really paying


attention oh yes He is


he's cheering us on and when we get to
heaven he will celebrate our service


And reward us for


the service that we've done in his name


while we were here on this planet


yeah heavens going to be a great party
on our behalf


a great celebration


and when we get this picture of heaven


our thought is


who wouldn't want to go there


who wouldn't want to enjoy all of that


eternity creates a little bit of a
dilemma though we're


here how do we get there


and as we think of eternity and infinity



we clearly have this


feeling that well


eternity is a long ways away


that's a long ways away experientially
leonid


seems to be a long ways away spiritually


We intrinsically understand that
there is a separation between us


and eternity


Christmas is about


God an infinite God


becoming finite a human being


and the reason God did that is he
realized that


we have a yearning for eternity
a yearning to be with him yet


we cannot


bridge the gap between us and him we
don't need to have a


a PHD in philosophy to understand
that God is a big


and we are small


because we're small so to speak we can
get to God who is big infinite


but we can understand that a big God can
choose to become small


and that's what God chose to do


a Christmas time


the scriptures detail that for us


quite well in Matthew chapter one


for the child within her was conceived
by the Holy Spirit


and she will have a son and you are to
name him Jesus


for he will save his people from their
sins


we yearn for eternity we yearn for a
relationship with God but


what has created


the distance the gap between us


an eternity is our sin


our sinfulness is what keeps us from
God


and it isn't as though we haven't tried
to get to God


In fact that's why we have so many world
religions because everybody's trying to


get to God be in relationship
with God connect with God


yet because of sin all that human
effort falls short


we're too small


We're to imperfect were sinners and we
Can't bridge the gap


to this infinite holy God


and God knows our yearning God knows
that he placed that yearning within


us


when we were created in his image and so
he came personally


to save us from our sins


this child in a cave will become a man


on a cross


and in his death in his forgiveness


in his resurrection we have
resurrection


and God


at Christmas does for us what we cannot
do for ourselves but if we could we


would


The problem is that we can't


we cannot bring the new


life


that is required for us to live in
eternity


John states it this way


but to all who believe Him and accepted
Him


he gave the right to become children of
God


they are reborn not with physical
rebirth


but a birth that comes from God it's a
spiritual rebirth


and isn't that what it's going to take
for these


physical bodies to get to eternity
it's going to


take a change


And that change the Bible calls that a
spiritual rebirth


because yes and thank God these moral
bodies will stay behind


you will be much more angelic when you
get to heaven


and we will be transformed


We're transform because we experience
this new life this rebirth on the inside


and notice what that rebirth is
triggered by belief


in Jesus Christ


and belief isn't all that hard to
understand I don't think


number one it's faith in the facts


and there's plenty of facts for us to
know


in fact Rick's going to


teach a class after the first of the
year about the facts of the Bible the


authority of the Bible


and it doesn't matter whether it's the
Bible or Jesus Christ


or God


There are good answers to our good
questions in fact there are great


answers to are great questions


and God wants the answer the questions of
our mind heart and soul


so that we can spend eternity


with him


now the truth is we don't know the
facts about


anything really are not all the facts do
we?


it begins with whether the alarm is going
to go off in the morning


when I first started preaching



I put two clocks out


every morning


when I a battery just to make sure I got
up


you go to bed you flip the
switch and you have faith that it's


going to wake up in the morning


and then you move from one faith experience
to another


you know I set the coffee pot up
you know I got to have my coffee in the


morning


And by faith I put the grounds in the
little container and the water and set it


but have you ever gotten up


you know you set your automatic coffee
maker he got the next morning and there


wasn't any coffee in there


and then we go downstairs and we get our
car


we have to have a little faith it's
going to start


have you ever see try to start your car
and it didn't start yeah


then we got to go to the first corner
there's a stop sign their my house and


then I have to put my brakes on


ever have your brakes not work


it takes a lot of faith


Just to get to church on Sunday
morning


Yeah it does it takes a lot of faith to live
In this world


and if we said to ourselves I have to
know every single fact we wouldn't be


able to live


because all of us exercise a step of
faith


many times throughout the day


that's all Christ is asking of us


is a step of faith a trust


we can't let the lack of facts


keep us from action and life and that's
true in faith as well


faith in the facts trust for we don't have
the facts


and then we must act we must believe


we must receive


and when we


exercise our volitional will and take a
step of faith


God confirms in us that he started
something in our life on the inside


Listen to Colossians


Since you have been raised to new life with
Christ


set your sights on the realities of
heaven


think about things of heaven and you
know we do


I think it's our thinking about heaven
that actually leads us to belief


and I think we think about heaven in
two experiences of life number one is the


pain


when were suffering pain I think we
think about heaven


we think about


a moment or a time or a place where we
wouldn't have to experience that pain


and it doesn't matter whether that's
physical pain or emotional pain


in the amount of pain we can think of
what we can imagine a state


where we will not or would not have to
experience that pain


isn't that what heaven is all about no
pain no suffering no crime


and I think the other sign post


that we think about heaven


is in our pleasure


a lot will happen this Christmas season
and add to create the right environment


the right emotion


and when we experience that great
emotion we say to ourselves off I could


just freeze frame this moments


this great experience and just relive it
over and over and over again


what we're really saying is we're
looking for eternity


we really want to be in heaven because
that's that pleasurable


experience all the time


that is the place


where the pain and suffering


and the tears are no more


We do think about heaven


and as we think about heaven


that enacts our belief and as we
experience


that faith that believing


God confirms that to us through the
Holy Spirit


in the new life that is ours to enjoy


and to share


I want to close by


quoting


the great apostle Paul Romans ten


Nine through thirteen


he kind of puts it all together for us


he writes if you confess with your mouth
that Jesus is Lord


and you believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead you will be


saved


For it is by believing in your
heart that you are made right with God


notice it doesn't say by


attending church every Sunday


reading your Bible everyday


getting rid of your bad habits or serving
all the time noticed that's not what


Paul says


he says it's by believing and that's
something we can all do that's something


we all do


in our life


is believe


for it is by believing in your heart
that your made right with God and it is


by the confessing with your mouth that
you are saved


as the scriptures tell us anyone who
trusts in him everyone who calls up on


him


the name of the Lord they will be saved


that's why Jesus Christ came to this
planet


he came to this planet


to bridge the gap between


Us and eternity


he came to this planet to make good on
His promise when he


made us in his image


and who wouldn't want to spend eternity
with God


it is his great Christmas gift


to each and everyone of us it is God's
expression of love


so that as we believe in him we will not
perish


but we will have


everlasting eternal life with him


let's pray


Lord we are people who want to pray to
you


and ask that you would


help us in our unbelief


for Lord we


we desire to connect with you we desire
to spend eternity with you


and Lord we


we understand that that means believing
in you confessing you trusting you


asking you to be the leader of our life


and Lord as we


we ask you to lead our life Lord we know
that you're doing a


new spiritual rebirth inside of us


and Lord allow it to grow and mature in
that birth


confirming over and over again the
reality that you are our Lord and that you


have a full life and an everlasting life
in store for us


and Lord we are thankful for this


Christmas season all the ways that we're
reminded


about the truth


and the reality


your promise confirmed


that your desire is that we would be
your children


and that we would be a part of your
family not only now but for all eternity


Lord thank you for being that special
Christmas gift to all of us


and so we pray these things in your name Amen
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