It’s incredible to see the advances that have been made in medicine and the sheer volume of money channelled into research to improve what medicine can offer us. Recently, scientists announced their newest innovation for reducing deaths related to heart disease – a robotic sleeve, designed to fit around a heart to keep it beating for longer.
On another level, some hopefuls have even requested that their bodies be frozen after death, with the conviction that someday, medical science will have advanced so far that we can be brought back to life!
It seems we are obsessed with extending our lifespan and finding ways to defy death. But have we really considered what it would be like to live forever?
Living forever in the world today
Take a moment to consider what it would be like if today, we cracked the code to immortality. No doubt your first reaction would be pure excitement – an eternity to complete everything on our bucket list, achieve all our goals and ambitions. But how long would that excitement last?
We often talk about ‘the state that the world is in’ – corruption within governments, wars, famine and poverty. Despite our best efforts, we have yet to find the perfect solution to any of these problems, and undoubtedly never will, even if we were given an eternity.
Fortunately, God has a much better plan for the Earth – a plan which we have the opportunity to be a part of…
A new world
The Bible describes a time when Jesus will return to the Earth and set up God’s kingdom:
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. (Matthew 25:31)
The description we are given of the kingdom which Christ will rule over is so very different from the world we are familiar with today:
Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40)
With righteousness he (Jesus) shall judge the poor…the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb…they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain. (Isaiah 11:3-9)
What a stark contrast: a king who judges without corruption, complete peace on the Earth, no more death – even those who have already died are brought back to life! Who wouldn’t take up the offer of everlasting life in a world with no pain or suffering? It certainly seems an offer worth considering…
Want to know more about the journey to everlasting life? Check out this article on Baptism