The Sobering Reality of Eternity

I was sent an email last week linking me to the following video. It looks to be mainly scenes from over in Europe and Russia, but a few shots may be from the U.S. Watch it and then meditate on the following,

The video records various instances in which people barely escape what really could be considered instant death or horrific injury. Most folks watch it and think, “Oh wow, that was close!” In fact, the video is even titled, “When Luck is on your Side,” but luck has nothing to do with it.

Those images should be a sober reminder that life can be cut short at any moment. No one thinks that when they walk down to the store for some milk that they will have their life taken by an out of control truck. No person thinks he will accidentally be hit by a speeding commuter train because he just so happened to be looking the opposite direction and unwittingly wandered onto the track.

Eternity is just a breath away for everyone, and tragically, their souls will be turned into hell.

I am reminded of this section from Jonathan Edwards’s famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, which was an exposition of Deuteronomy 32:35 that states,

Vengeance is mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.

The unseen, unthought-of ways and means of persons going suddenly out of the world are innumerable and inconceivable. Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen. The arrows of death fly unseen at noon-day; the sharpest sight cannot discern them. God has so many different unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell, that there is nothing to make it appear, that God had need to be at the expense of a miracle, or go out of the ordinary course of his providence, to destroy any wicked man, at any moment. All the means that there are of sinners going out of the world, are so in God’s hands, and so universally and absolutely subject to his power and determination, that it does not depend at all the less on the mere will of God, whether sinners shall at any moment go to hell, than if means were never made use of, or at all concerned in the case.

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3 thoughts on “The Sobering Reality of Eternity

  1. Very sobering thoughts indeed Fred. As a Christian, I was immediately reminded of Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” and that we all should redeem whatever time God gives us (Ephesians 5:16). Even if we should live a long life it is still infinitesimal compared to eternity but what is done here will have eternal consequences.

  2. So we’re all domed without a single hope, like, forever?

    Yes, without Christ we are, but the above doesn’t mention that. It needs to.
    A sobering message to be sure, but an incomplete one without the punchline of Grace (which Edwards delivered in that sermon)… Grace, that unmerited favor the Father extends in His Son and now through His Gospel, to those who will believe and repent of their sin. Law and Grace is the full counsel, not ever one without the other.

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