Jefferson Vann shares a devotional thought about the purpose of eternal life.
John 17:1 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to the sky, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Make your Son glorious so that the Son may make you glorious,
John 17:2 since you gave him authority over all flesh, so that he may give permanent life to everyone you have given him.
John 17:3 This is permanent life: that they may discover you, the only true God, and the one you have sent– Jesus Christ.
worth continuing forever
When Jesus said, “This is permanent life” he was not redefining the hope of the saved. He had already defined it as a gift of actual life which will be permanent as opposed to the temporary lives we now live. So, he was not spiritualizing that hope. He was not saying that we think we are going to live forever, but actually, we are just going to get to know God.
What Jesus actually promised is a life that is worth continuing forever. A person’s quality of life can be measured by the quality of their relationships with their friends, family, colleagues, students, and others. Imagine a right relationship with Almighty God through Jesus Christ! Such a relationship would make life worth continuing forever.
Lord, thank you for the promise of permanent life, and the connection with you that will fill that life with significance.