When Jesus talked about ‘eternal life’ he actually gave a definition of what that word meant to him. Do you know what it is?
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God” (John 17:-3)
It’s interesting how often we let our thoughts about eternal life go straight to pie in the sky when you die, but that’s not what Jesus is talking about when he talks about eternal life, as least not from what his own definition is.
Following this train of thought, when Jesus said: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” it seems likely he was talking about this life, not the next.
The Pharisees, in Jesus eyes, were perishing right before him, for although they followed their religion strictly, even having the real God as their focal point, they didn’t know God. What did they know? They knew their own variation of God, one that was not actually correct. They knew of an angry God, of a wrathful God, of a judgmental and strict God… Jesus came to not only show us who God truly is, but bring us into a living and active ‘knowing’ of this great God. The God of all grace. The God who sits on a throne of Grace. The God who operates in our world with a Spirit of Grace.
How interesting that according to Jesus’ definition, Eternal Life is not all about the next life. It’s actually about this life, this very moment, and every moment we live and breathe.
— Mick Mooney