Life Ever After

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Today, many God-loving Christians do not know for sure whether or not they are going to Heaven, or even if they are saved. This also was quite prevalent in Jesus’ time, for many of the people he met and talked with had no clue about the hope and the promise of Life Ever After. In the smallest common denominator, the main reason for not knowing the certainty of their future was because they did not understand the Old Testament Scriptures that revealed their future to be one lived in eternal glory.

Jesus became disappointed that so many people in his day did not understand the Word of God and said to Nicodemus, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things” (John 3:10)? Nicodemus was a teacher of the Scriptures, yet he really did not have a clue about the subject of life ever after when speaking to Jesus, or Nicodemus would have realized who he was addressing ― the Word. Jesus was in essence saying to him, “Man, how can you call yourself a Teacher and a Man of the Cloth (so-to-speak), if you do not understand even foundational truths regarding your future life!”

It is evident that some of our modern Bible critics maintain that the Old Testament Scriptures do not teach any significant truths relating to eternal life or resurrection, which is an honest conclusion when one has never seen nor understood the true subject of Scripture. All of the Bibles I know of, including the Texts of the Greek, the Aramaic, and the Hebrew (from whence came our English Bibles), all teach as a basic theme the resurrection and life ever after through the Christ, the Messiah!

John 3:14-17:
-14: {Jesus is still talking to Nicodemus} And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
-15: That whosoever {this includes Nicodemus, you and me} believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
-16: For God So loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-17: For God sent not {sent NOT} his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Life ever after was contingent upon the first coming of the Messiah. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the same one that Israel was hoping for and he indeed came, and now the promised life of eternity is a done deal because he gave his life for the world.

In the Old Testament times, the Messiah’s first coming was a future hope (for Israel), and all of them who would believe in him would inherit the new earth in the future at their promised resurrection (Psalms 37:9). Today in grace, in the New Testament times, the Messiah’s second coming is our future hope. No one could stop his first coming and I assure you as well that no one and no amount of doubt or unbelief will prevent Jesus’ returning for you and me. When he returns, he will gather us up together, bringing us up to our new heavenly home into the eternity of God’s heaven to enjoy life ever after (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Jesus told Martha (one of Lazarus’ sisters), “I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25). It is in knowing him that we find the plan of Redemption planned for us; it is through him that we receive eternal life. Without knowing him, like Nicodemus, one cannot grasp true spiritual matters of life ever after. However, when we learn of Jesus, the resurrection, and the life, he reveals the comfort and surety of our Life Ever After.