Given the title of this post (Eternity Now) it is possible that you have come here looking for cologne or perfume. If so you will be disappointed to know that this is not a resale site and I don’t carry any Calvin Klein products (though I guess it is possible that you will see an ad for it in the footer given that Amazon pulls keywords from the post to fill it’s ads section). But even if that was the reason you initially came to this post I would urge you to hang around as you might find the content of this post valuable anyway.
I have been a Christian for 25 years or 10 years depending on how you want to count it and depending on what soteriology you prescribe to.
Now some of you are saying, “it is only the first sentence of the article and you have already lost me,” right? You may be confused because I used the word soteriology. Others of you may be confused because I can’t give you the date and time when I crossed over from death to life. And some of you are confused by both. For those of you who were confused by the word soteriology here is all you need to know, it is the snobby way of saying, “how one receives salvation.” For the ones confused by the fact that I can’t give you my exact moment of conversion, well… join the club. It confuses me too.
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
-C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory
In this sermon I look at the encounter that Jesus has with our friend Nicodemus. We explore the significance of the fact that this meeting took place at night in the dark. We see how Jesus patiently helps Nicodemus arrive at the conclusion that He (Jesus) is God. We also explore what the meaning of the phrase “born again” means.