Heaven and Hell

Some day, in God's redeemed land, we will laugh together and dance together, and we will be together, eternally, without the persistent fear it will all slip away before we realize what it's worth.

For now, though, we have the choice to live either in heaven or in hell, to occupy the Kingdom of light or the Kingdom of darkness. And those who choose hell bring it with them, into every relationship and every interaction. And those who choose heaven do the same. Eternal life is not a destination but a present reality.

And then there's Jesus. Jesus Christ, God of the universe, straddling both Kingdoms reaching down to pull us from darkness into the light. The brunt of hell's fire berating Him Christ grabs hold of us and won't let go, never, not even once we've passed from darkness into the light because the light is the realm of His constant embrace.

I googled heaven and didn't care for the flowy, pastel images. So then I googled "sunrise." Bingo.
You don't have to sell me on hell or heaven, because I've seen and tasted both. I've been bathed in God's presence by proximity to those who practice the love and grace of the Kingdom, and I've been burned by those so far from wholeness they're hardly acting human anymore. Even now I feel stuck in between, because in truth the whole world is stuck in between. And what solace it is to know that so is Christ. He is with us in this liminal space, bridging the gap so that we might know light, and live as children of light, until the day when the light conquers the darkness and stretches on into eternity, when "He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes," when "there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Rev 21:4)

Amen means "let it be so," and so I beg my Lord, amen. Let it be so Jesus. Please.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. 


Ephesians 5:8

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