I was thinking this morning about life being short. Find a person you think of as old – I’m not going to judge how many years that is – but ask a person older than you by some number of years if they would agree life is short. Even if they have lived 80 or 90 years I’m willing to wager they would at least agree it goes by quickly. I was thinking about the oldest member of our congregation; compared to eternity that person has lived but a moment. Consider though: how long will we live in Heaven? What is the time frame of eternity?
There was a gospel song when I was kid, and I don’t remember the title, the artist or even the rest of the lyrics anymore, but there was a line that went “eternity is a long, long time.” No, not really. We measure the passage of time with days, weeks, years, etc. God exists outside of time. He created time during the creation week when “evening and morning was the first day.” (Gen. 1:5) There had never been a day before that. That was the beginning of time and someday there will be an end of time. We read in the description of New Jerusalem (Rev. 21) that the gates of the city will be open by day and there is no more night. Our basis for measuring the passage of time will not even exist. Eternity cannot be measured in years, or centuries or eons. It will be one eternal day. If you’ve ever had one of those moments were you thought “I wish this day would never end…” Someday we will be in the presence of the one who saved us. We will see Jesus face to face and sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb. There will be no more sickness, pain or death. That day will never end.
So then, I submit:
Q: How long is eternity?
A: One day.