Written By: Chris Mace
This abandoned boat is a reminder of King Solomon’s lament that “There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after” (Ecclesiastes 1:11)*
Does that mean that someday we will be just a moment spent? A still photo sitting on a mantel? An old census notation? A faded, moss covered name? A memory lost in some dark, genealogical archive?
Job didn’t believe that was the case. Even in deep anguish and frustration, he confidently cried out, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (Job 19:25-27)
Christ taught us the way to possess that eternal life: “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. (John 5:24)
The Apostle Paul spoke of “ the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus”? (2 Timothy 1:1) Christ had made that promise as he stood by Lazarus’s tomb and raised him from the dead : I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Then Jesus asked a crucial question. “Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
God promises us a Someday! If our response to Jesus’ question is in the affirmative, we have the confident expectation that on that day we will be restored, new in body, complete in spirit, lovely and loving, eternally alive, and brought to glory by the Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10).
*(Solomon believed in an “afterlife.” He was just lamenting our empty earthly legacy. He concluded that, “the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).