The Drama of Eternity played out in our lives!
A reality of something we have all heard about but are not aware of its tenets or just what we shall be able to understand. Jesus was the first to announce heaven when through his ministry the question of heaven came up from the Pharisees asking for a sign from heaven. So, they already knew of heaven and that through Isaiah that the Messiah would come to save Israel. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign; the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good.” (Is 7: 14 - 15). One of several instances where the scribes and Pharisees could not accept Jesus as the predicted Messiah.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourself, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.” (Mt 23: 13). A warning from Jesus to those who deny the presence of the Messiah in Jesus.
Our question regarding eternity and how it is essential through our living in the very presence of our destiny awaiting our juncture with the Lord. It began when through our baptism we were on the journey to a place without a name but with an essence that will never end. From a note on the internet by Timothy Maness: “Most scholars would agree that eternity has to do with God’s relationship with time, and that it might also describe the relationship with time that people have after death.” My own curiosity following what Augustine also speculated on is that time is not the element of existence. God is not the complete understanding of an existence of past and future tenses since he has no beginning. Therefore eternity is an existence without a future and cannot look behind a past that also doesn’t exist.
Within the present understanding of how each of us lives his destiny through faith we must acknowledge our total dependence on God and try to build a trust in him without too much interference from ourselves. As I once wrote, if our present lives were already present to God before we were born, and God already saw us throughout our human existence, then what we accomplish here on earth is already in the present tense in eternity. Let me reiterate that again; Each of us, a living human being, is born through carnal activity and yet if God who has no past and saw us before we were born as a human being, then our present existence already was and is. Therefore each day we strive to reach into the divine element of God, we are reaching a dimension of eternal life that already is.
Perhaps the thought of already living a life from eternity is too deep for any of us, we should then adhere that once in eternity we are in a presence that has no future, as with God since there also was no past. We cannot comprehend the mystery of God with only a present tense. But once we are with God we also shall be with the same understanding.
The Drama we live is now an act of a future that is already present to God in his kingdom which IS.
Ralph B. Hathaway