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The Serious Business of Heaven

Joy Heaven Afterlife

Source: Letters to Malcolm

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-11-22

Author: C.S. Lewis
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ILLUSTRATION

 "Joy is the serious business of Heaven."

APPLICATION

In this life joy is an extravagance. Like the upgrades that are offered when buying a car or a house, it is an extra feature, something that requires the resources to afford. But in Heaven joy comes as a standard feature and as such, it isn’t tacked on to life but is the thing to which life itself is attached. 

Mitchell Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

The End Is Just The Beginning

Kingdom of God Eternal Life Afterlife

Source: The Last Battle, pp. 183-184

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-30

Author: C.S. Lewis / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

To put this life in perspective we must set it beside the life to come.  Lewis does that for us in the final paragraph of the Chronicles of Narnia. In the final scene, Aslan assures Peter, Edmund, and Lucy with these words:

“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream has ended; this is morning."

Lewis then brings the story to a final conclusion:

"And as he spoke he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."

APPLICATION

The current life is not the best life we will ever live. As Lewis suggests, "every chapter" will be "better than the one before." This is not the longest life we will ever live. As Lewis also suggested, this life is merely the "title page" to eternity.

Nevertheless, this may will be the most important life we will ever live. For it is during this brief, adventure filled journey that so many decisions of eternal consequence are made. It is now, during this life, that we are presented with the choice to become followers of Christ.  It is now, in this life, that free grace begins to be experienced.

The entrance way by which we enter the Kingdom of God is found on this side of eternity.

"You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way" (Matthew 7:13, NLT).

Goodbye for All Eternity

Afterlife Atheism Hopelessness

Source: Homiletics, October 1997, p.30

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-01-15

Author: Editors, HOMILETICS MAGAZINE
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ILLUSTRATION

Famed 20th century atheist, scientist, science fiction writer, and author of the bestselling book, COSMOS, Carl Sagan, had faith in little that was intangible. Yet, report the editors of Homiletics, “he admitted that it was love of is his wife of over 20 years which supported and nurtured him through the bleakest times. Almost sheepishly, he would testify that, yes, he was depending on the presence of something intangible and unprovable—the love one human being can share with another.  Yet after he died, Sagan’s widow revealed how he stayed stubbornly true to his ‘prove-it’ principles to the very end.  ‘We were wonderfully happy for over 20 years together,’ Anne reflected, ‘but for Carl there was no doubt that when we said goodbye it was for all eternity.’”

[Carl Sagan was Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, and Voyager spacecraft expeditions to the planets, for which he received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize and the highest awards of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, and many other awards, for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. His book Cosmos (accompanying his Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning television series of the same name) was the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and his bestselling novel, Contact, was turned into a major motion picture.]

APPLICATION

The editors add, "That ‘unprovable,’ personal God that Sagan could not bring himself to accept refuses to abandon us—not throughout the bad times of our lives and most certainly not at the moment of our death.  God is a 24-7-365 God…But God doesn’t stop there.  Because God is eternal, God’s love for us extends beyond the short years of our earthly life span.  The divine arms that encircle us throughout our lives do not suddenly let go and abandon us at death.  You and I are cuddled in a cosmic clinch that will never let go.”

Tested By Fire

Judgment of Believers Preparation Reward

Contributed By: Jerred England | Date Posted: 2020-04-16

Scripture: Malachi 3:2 ; 1 Corinthians 3:13

Author: Austin Meyer
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Trading Away The Future

Future Patience Reward

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-11-01

Scripture: Matthew 6:19 ; Matthew 6:20

Author: Corey Sawyers
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Ordinary No More

Resurrection Love for God Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:41

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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The 950th Time Is A Charm

Perseverance Reward Inspiration

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-12-23

Scripture: Galatians 6:9 ; James 1:12

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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No Better Hope Than Heaven

Heaven Hope Resurrection

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-08-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:4

Author: Rod Crowell / Illustration Exchange
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Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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