While it is true that our Old Testament religious forebearers had a keen awareness of the importance of past and future, nevertheless they were very earthy persons, very present persons, very now persons. A wonderful example of this spirit is the 118th Psalm. It begins with an awareness of God’s Presence — of His Power, and His Love — and it reaches a climax as the Psalmist says,
This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it (Ps. 118:24).
Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today: Let us be glad and rejoice today!
We find that same spirit running into the New Testament, perhaps in a surprising way for some of us. I say “surprising” because Jesus so often refers to eternal life as the primary theme of His teaching. And most of us tend to think of eternal life as “something out there in the future.” But that is not what Jesus had in mind,…
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