It seems that so much of life is governed by the overarching framework of transiency. This is something which I’m sure we will all have had connection or experience of in life. Close relationships with friends which are no longer the same. Moving on from a place where we loved to live and have great memories of. The sorrow of death and the finality of losing someone we cared for. Simply getting older and noticing the aging process smiling back at us. Transiency colours the human experience. And that is a good thing. It is supposed to jar with us and make us realise that there is more to our existence than simply what is around us. Transiency is not the full sum of the human experience, far from it. God has deliberately set eternity in the heart of humanity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In sovereign grace he places within us a desire for more and in doing so he injects a vivid palette of colours into the grey-scale hue of transiency which we experience.
God’s divine design is glorious as it invites us to engage with eternal things. It forces us to ask the hard questions and it points us to the complete answer; Jesus Christ. He delights in receiving people and says, “All that the father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 5:37). There is total acceptance from God for those who would hear him and come to him.
More than that Jesus says, “this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 5:40). Eternal life is what is at stake in the rejection of Jesus. Yet for those who look at him and see him as the son of God, the saviour, life is no longer a set of haphazard transient events which finally culminate in death. It is the very gift of God which will last to eternity, bursting through the gates of death to complete restoration in his presence.
Whether you are a believer or not let the truth of this sink deep into your soul. The sovereign God who you have offended with sin willingly seeks to restore eternal life to you through his son Jesus. In light of that why are we content to settle for our dull chromatic scale when there is a sure hope in the panorama of eternity which God has placed in our hearts?