(Friends: during this series, the messages may frequently be longer than usual due to the subject matter. Thanks for your patience, and I think you will find the considerations interesting, and hopefully, helpful in our walk with the Lord. Glen)
Part 27 – “The Timeless – In Time”
In the person of His Son, the God who “inhabiteth eternity” entered into the realm of space and time.
“Great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh” (I Timothy 3:16).
From the boundless freedom of the timeless into the realm of past, present and future, with its limitations – this is the sacrifice of love made by the Lord Jesus Christ for the eternal redemption of the faithful. What this involved in the heart and mind of an infinite Being, we do not know. We can only be sure that the price was inestimable, and that whatever the cost, the Lord Jesus paid it with an abundantly willing heart based on the greatness of His devotion to us.
We are a race dominated by the clock. Our lives dash from birth to death, and too many days seem composed of too few hours for the accomplishing of those things we need and desire to do. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Indeed, in the first twinkling “moment” of passing from this temporal realm into the everlasting, believers will feel sublime relief from the burden imposed upon us by the constraints and restraints of time. The past often taunts us, the future threatens, and the present flees before we have opportunity to experience more than a brief sample of the moment. The older we get, the more we realize the “vanishing vapor” of a life in which time seemed to offer much in the beginning, but then raced away before we could fully grasp its fleeting promise.
Our Savior took upon Himself this overwhelming burden of time. It savagely and unmercifully crushed Him, but then He arose into that glory so beautifully described by the writer of Hebrews as “the power of an endless life” (Hebrews 7:16). Just as wonderfully, He graces us with the same deliverance from the temporal when we believe, as the Spirit of the everlasting enters into the depths of our being. There, in the born again spirits of the redeemed, the “endless life” of the timeless Christ provides increasing awareness and experience of a dimension without temporal limits. We may not be able to verbally express the wonder, nor do we understand it. However, the believer knows deeply within that the Lord Jesus has delivered him from the awful weight of time by taking upon Himself its ultimate consequence. And, in the moment of such blessed relief and awed remembrance, we worship.
We fast approach a “day” when there will be no days. There will be no clocks and no calendars in Heaven. May the thought bless us with anticipation of an experience of peace made possible by the Prince of peace. May it even more bless us with the wonder of so great salvation provided by so great a Savior, the timeless One who entered time in order to deliver us from time.
“There should be time no longer.”