Hell and Heaven | Devotion #3: John 3:36
Jayson Combs| Family Pastor
Are we there yet?
When you hear the words “eternal life,” what immediately comes to your mind? John, the disciple, speaks of eternal life or everlasting life more than anyone else in the Bible. He uses it 18 times in the Gospel of John and six more times in the Epistle 1 John.
John states in John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” We see here as in other verses that eternal life is through no one else other than Jesus Christ. In John 6:68, Peter answers Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life” (KJV). Jesus tells us in John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish neither shall any one pluck them out of my hand” (KJV). Jesus is the way, the only way to eternal life.
I do believe there is some confusion though among believers when it comes to eternal life. In Daniel 12:2 it says, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Life is everlasting no matter who you are. For some, it will be spent with the King of kings, for others under the wrath of God.
The other problematic view I see with many when it comes to eternal life is the focus on the destination. Yes, it is wonderful to know that Heaven is our home. It is exciting to think about Jesus who has gone and who is preparing a place for us. However, John tells us that eternal life is not just about the destination, it is about the trip. He writes in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Eternal life is about a wonderful walk with Jesus that starts here on earth.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? When I was a child, our family vacation was always to Myrtle Beach. I can remember jumping into our great Pontiac 6000 and heading south. Flying was not an option, we drove. I can remember thinking how much I could not wait to get there so our vacation could begin. Thinking back on those amazing times makes me pause. I look back and think that vacation did not begin when we got there, it began when we left. I fondly remember those times in the car, the places that we stopped, and the adventures that we had. Now having a family of my own, we often have chosen to drive instead of flying.
Remember eternal life is not just the destination of Heaven. It is about the amazing walk with Jesus Christ.