Eternity with the Bridegroom
by Rob Dunne
A few years ago, I attended a debate between an apologist and an atheist. Due to my bias, it is difficult to say who won. One of the things that stood out for me was the atheist’s lack of hope. For him, death signified the end of existence. Our bodies are placed in a wooden box that is lowered into the ground where worms and time destroy what was once our earthly habitation. How sad.
Similarly, the Sadducees of Jesus’ day did not believe in life after death, either. Rather, they believed that when the body ceased to exist, the flame of the spirit was extinguished also. In Matthew 22:31-33, Jesus confronted their belief system saying, “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” This glorious statement confirms that there is life after death and that we will spend eternity with God.
In John 17, Jesus informs us that He came to give us eternal life. What does that mean exactly? In verse 3, He says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Eternity is a level of intimacy with God that we cannot comprehend. As a newly married man, I know that I am barely scratching the surface when it comes to knowing and understanding my wife. That being said, I know so much more about her now than I did when we first started dating. Each of us, however, brings different levels of brokenness to the relationship that interferes with our ability to know everything about one another.
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the Bridegroom and His followers as the Bride of Christ. Some day in the not too distant future, there will be a wedding between the two. That day will usher in the establishment of the most beautiful and intimate relationship the world has ever experienced.
In a few weeks, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus that made eternity possible for us. During your quiet time, ask Jesus to begin revealing Himself to you as the Bridegroom who died so that His bride might live forever. I guarantee He will give you a foretaste of the intimacy that awaits us in eternity.
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