Jim Denison: The Eternal Purpose of This Life

A goat named Lincoln was recently sworn in as honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont.

The town’s government does not include an actual mayor. The Town Manager says the honorary pet mayor idea was conceived to raise funds for a playground, but it became a civics lesson for kids.

On his way out of the town offices, the new mayor defecated on the floor, leaving the cleanup to the police chief and city officials.

In other news from nature, tomorrow we will be treated to a “full worm supermoon.” We understand a “full” moon. Most of us are even familiar with a “supermoon,” where the moon is so close to the earth that it appears larger and brighter in the night sky.

But why a “full worm supermoon”?

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans gave the full moons of the year specific names to track the seasons. The March full moon was called the “full worm moon” because it comes at a time when the ground softens and earthworms begin appearing. They bring robins and other birds to feed, marking the start of spring.

Humans can give names to natural and celestial phenomena, but, as the mayor of Fair Haven reminds us, we cannot always control them.

GREETINGS FROM ISRAEL

I am writing this morning from the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Leading study tours to the Holy Land is one of my favorite experiences each year. My wife and I traveled from Dallas through London into Tel Aviv over the weekend to join our group.

A few days earlier, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. A Palestinian is suspected in the killing of two Israelis in the West Bank last Sunday.

Whenever I go to Israel, people ask if it is safe. The fact is, Jerusalem has had a lower homicide rate than the average city in the US over the last twenty years. Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Washington, DC, and Chicago exceed this national average by at least three times.

However, no place is truly secure in this broken world. Ten of the twelve leading causes of death in the US are diseases; the other two are accidents and suicides. And more accidents and suicides happen at home than anywhere else.

Whatever the security of our circumstances today, it is a fact that we will all outlive our bodies. Ten thousand millennia after the last full worm supermoon appears, every human in all of human history will either be with God in heaven or separated from him forever.

The eternal purpose of this life is to prepare for that life.

“I WILL JUDGE WITH EQUITY.”

In Psalm 75:2, the Lord states, “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.” God alone is in charge of time and the times. In the meantime, he testifies, “When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars” (verse 3).

Therefore, the psalmist attests, “It is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another” (verse 7).

Hebrews 9:27 is clear: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”

What does this fact mean for our lives today?

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