Friday, November 8th, 2013
Superlatives! (Part 5)
'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,' says the Lord, 'Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty.'
Revelation 1:8 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away.
Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33 (NKJV)
Once upon a time, we met God. He lived before time began. He invented the divisions of yesterday, today and tomorrow--to help organize His creations. Their movements were synchronized in a circular harmony, but the concept of eternity was beyond their understanding.
At the moment God called Day Six, He did His most wonderful work. He made a man named Adam. Adam looked like God, and God loved him like a son. God put eternity within Adam's heart.* But Adam didn't think much about it, because he lived close to God. He believed God was eternity--and so He was.
One day, God made a helper for Adam named Eve. Eve was lovely, and her heart was especially tender. But God has an enemy named Satan, and Satan is a deceiver. He was jealous of God's new children, so he tried to steal eternity away from them.
He pretended to be a friendly serpent, and He talked Eve into a bad idea. Then Eve talked Adam into the same idea--and suddenly, eternity seemed far, far away. As they walked out of God's garden and past the tree of life, Adam wondered if eternity was gone for good. He longed to feel it again, and so the years passed.
But at just the right moment, God touched time's re-set button. Earth's clock started over. Because Jesus came. 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:16).
The deceiver's tricks were trumped by the King of kings--and eternity, though long buried deep inside the hearts of men, became visible once again. In truth, it was never really gone.
Between then and now, Jesus commissioned an army to uncover eternity for people who don't know where to look. They know something's out there, but they don't know the Key is found within. And until they do, they can't live happily ever after--which was God's plan from the beginning.
To Be Continued...
* Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV): 'He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.'
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Superlatives! series.