I'm planning my baby's first birthday party. Wasn't I just pregnant? It's a phrase I'm sick of hearing and saying but really: where did the time go?! Our inability as humans to stop the passing of time is humbling. These lyrics from Lecrae's song "Boasting" always hit me:
"Tomorrow's never promised- but it is, we swear
Think we're holding our own, just a fistful of air."
I think in general we tend to live with such a sense of certainty about "tomorrow." I know I do, thinking, "I'll do better tomorrow. I'll spend more time with Finley after I'm finished with this. I'll take time to spend with my husband later. I'll share the Gospel with that person another day." But what if tomorrow doesn't come? We forget that we aren't actually in control. Francis Chan states in his book Crazy Love that considering death isn't morbid; it's reality. This truth is beautifully stated in Ecclesiastics 7:2: "For death is the destiny of everyone..."
In light of this, and because it's "The Day of Love" and 1 John 3:16 tells us that what Jesus did for us is the epitome of love, I'm compelled to share what I believe with everything I am to be true. Because what if you don't know what Jesus did? And what if, when we die, we don't just cease to exist? What if we continue on, eternally, and continue on in either a place of eternal joy or a place of eternal suffer? The Bible tell us that when we die, we will be stand before a JUST God to be judged. The Bible also tells us that the penalty for sin is death... and that every person on earth has sinned. God, in his justice, is obligated to find us all guilty and condemn us to death: eternal suffering in hell. It's kind of like committing cold blooded murder and going to court and not surprisingly being sentenced to life in prison; sin is an action with a consequence. If God wasn't just, he would be like an unfair court system. Imagine a cold blooded murderer being found not guilty, and being freed into society to kill again. What if that murderer had killed your child? Your significant other? Your friend? You'd be upset. The fact that God is just is good. There's no question about whether what he's doing is wrong or right; he's ALWAYS right, and he's ALWAYS just. But that still leaves us with a dilemma. Do you want to suffer for eternity? Our entire life is just a breath of time in comparison to eternity. But we don't have a choice. We can never, ever do anything good enough to earn our way out of being sinners. Enter Jesus. Fully God but fully man (confusing, I know), Jesus came to earth and lived as a man, but never sinned. He was murdered by being hung on a cross, he died, and he stood before God. Because he was perfect, he was the only one who could ever be accepted into heaven. But Jesus knew our dilemma, and in the single greatest act of love, he offered himself to suffer the punishment we deserve. God punished HIM for OUR sins. Jesus went to hell. But his sacrificial act was so powerful that even death couldn't hold him. He ROSE from hell and he is alive today, seated at God's right side. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9 that "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." So if it seems like followers of Jesus talk about him a lot... now you know why. He deserves to be talked about, because in the end, he's the only one that can save us. When God judges those who have accepted the saving work of Jesus, God sees Jesus. God sees perfection. He's able to accept them into his kingdom because he doesn't see sin that must be punished. He is able to remain perfectly just because Jesus, precious Jesus, made a way.
My greatest hope for my little boy is that when he's able to understand, he would accept the saving work of Jesus. My greatest hope you all my friends and acquaintances is that they, too, would acknowledge and accept what Jesus has done for them. Consider eternity today. It's never too soon, but one day it will be too late.
Now, onto photos of one of the sweetest little boys there ever was, if I might say so myself :)