What Happens to You When You Die (Part Four: Eternity)

What happens to you when you die?

Let’s flip this question on it’s head and focus on what’s happening to you right now, while you’re living.

John 10:10 [Jesus talking]: I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope from beginning to end.

This passage is in the context of seasons (times).

Eternity - eternal existence, especially as contrasted to mortal life: the eternity of God. (Webster)

  • We think of eternity the context of time, because we really don’t have another reference point from which to define it, as we are limited within the constrains of time.
  • Eternity actually cannot be defined by time, because time ceases to exist once we die. Time was created by God for us to exist in the physical realm.

Eternity = Jesus

  • “planted” = seeds = Word = Jesus (John 1)
  • Eternity only exists within the context of God, because He was the only existence before the world began, regardless of how you think Creation unfolded. Therefore, eternity is Jesus (John 1).
  • Ezekiel 48:35: The city [heaven] will be called The Lord is there.
  • Heaven and Hell are defined by the presence (or absence) of Jesus.

So God planted Jesus (“eternity”) in the human heart… in the context of seasons, rough seasons. What?? Why??

  • There is a void in everyone’s life than can only be filled by Jesus.
  • If something is “planted,” it demands growth.
    Focus (care for, water, give attention to, fill the void with) Jesus.

Matthew 14:22-36: Peter walks on water when he focuses on Jesus, even with storms (rough seasons) surrounding him. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he sank, but Jesus rescued Him. Focusing on Jesus is key to getting through the seasons of life.