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How It Ends

One way to know God's heart is to study His plans for us.  In the Old Testament God sends many prophets to share His plans for His people.  Two of them really stand out when it comes to sharing God's vision: Jeremiah and Ezekiel.  After recounting how God will bless His people, Jeremiah shares this statement that God often made in those days: "I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart." (24:7)

What a promise!  While Jeremiah was speaking to ancient Israel as a nation, God's message here is an "end-time" message that ultimately applies to any who choose to follow Him.  And what God is saying here is that God will heal our hearts and the day will come when we will be able to fully trust Him again!  The damage done in Eden will be reversed!

A few chapters later, God says: "'I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (29:11)  It never was God's plan that we shoud have to fend for ourselves, to work to make ends meet.  In God's plan, we serve Him by managing His creation, and He takes care of all our needs.  That was God's plan when He originally created Adam and Eve, and what we find out when we look into what the Bible teaches about "paradise" is that it is actually the restoration of the way things were supposed to be at the beginning!  It will be like starting over again!

When Jesus came on the scene, he made a statement that has now become the best known verse in the Bible: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)  In a nutshell, because of sin, it isn't until we realize how far God is willing to go on our behalf, that we realize how wrong those who claim He doesn't love us, are.  It is Jesus' extreme self-sacrifice that heals us from our selfishness, when we "get it" about why He died.

This verse also makes it clear that God's desire is for us to live eternally---a concept we can hardly imagine!  But we're not just talking about living eternally, we are talking about living eternally with God.  One day Jesus spoke about what would happen after he returned to his Father in Heaven.  He said: "I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."  (John 14:2, 3)

Many Christians believe after we die on this earth, our spirit will live eternally elsewhere, but can revisit this earth if it so chooses.  We are Christians who believe that our "soul" will never be "alive" without our physical body.  And that's what the resurrection is all about.

And here's a promise worth noting:  "He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4)  I want to be there, don't you?