Dear friends and neighbors…
In this Christmas Eve presentation, it is our sincerest desire that you will be greatly comforted, especially now during these troubling times. Feel free at any time to E-mail any questions you may have, or to contribute any thoughts and input. We will always get back to you on a personal one-to-one basis, so as to maintain confidentiality and your privacy. None of your personal information will be shared with anyone else; we will honor and respect confidentiality in all matters.
The question I want to address before you…the most consequential question that could ever be posed and every human being must answer: WHY DO I EXIST? Your personal answer to that question depends upon your opinion concerning…
- Is there is a God?
- What happens after death?
- Is there any purpose for my life?
There are many different opinions concerning the answers to these most pressing questions regarding our existence. But before we continue further…
There are 3 indisputable facts concerning everyone who is reading this presentation that are absolutely true…that no one would dispute, or question, or disagree with, or have a different opinion about. Everyone across the globe would agree with these 3 facts…and everyone, everywhere, would agree with these 3 facts without question:
- I am alive; I exist; I have a pulse; I am living and I am breathing; I am not dead.
- Death is a certainty; my body is going to physically die and end up in a grave.
- I do not know when I am going to die. I do not know how much time remains until the death of my body…whether tomorrow, or another week, a month, a year, a decade or multiple decades. This is true no matter what my age is right now…even if I am just a child. Your real age is how much time you have from this moment until the death of your body. A child who is going to die tomorrow or a year from now is much older than a 70 year old who is going to live another decade. So no one really knows their true age.
My brother, 36 years old and just married one year, on July 14, 1991 did not know when he had only 10 seconds left to live in his life. He was driving home from work, 5 PM on a late Sunday afternoon, and was broadsided by a drunk driver coming the opposite direction; dead on arrival.
Faye Swetlick, just a sweet 6 year old little girl, got off her school bus on Feb. 10th at her home…playing in her front yard didn’t know that she had only an hour left in her life to live.
The single most important question I am faced with in life is, “What happens after death?” There are only 2 possible answers:
- I cease to exist; I no longer exist; I pass into oblivion, never again to be.
- My existence continues; it does not end. I continue to exist…forever.
Everyone has an opinion as to what happens after death…although there are some who have never considered this question, and may well answer, “I don’t know.” But even these would probably hazard some sort of a guess if asked…whatever would come to their mind at that moment.
For the sake of discussion…to choose a number…there are 100 different opinions in answer to this question. Some would have the opinion that existence ends and I am no more. That would be 1 of the 100 different opinions. All others who then have the overall opinion that my existence does not end but continues on…would have 99 differing opinions as to where I would be in my continuing existence, and in what form would I exist.
- Some would hold differing opinions, but all based on reincarnation…that I would come back into this physical realm in the form of another living being. Depending upon the benevolent quality of my current life, I may come back as an influential leader, an animal, a bird or a fish, a reptile or an insect, or even a plant. And that process would continually repeat at the end of each new life cycle, over and over again.
- Some would hold differing opinions, but all based on a continued existence in the spirit realm…as angels, or free wandering spirits.
- Some hold opinions that everyone would exist in a wonderful and joyous place… such as a “Happy Hunting Grounds” or “Heaven.”
- Some hold the opinion of eternal existence in 1 of 2 places… either Heaven or Hell. In all of these opinions that embrace eternal existence in either Heaven or Hell…with the exception of one…my eternal destiny is dependent on merit. The opinion of the one exception is not dependency on merit, but rather on exercising my right to choose to accept the free gift of eternal life in Heaven offered to everyone.
There are 100 different opinions as to what happens after death, but only 1 of these opinions, at best, can be correct…the actual, factual, truth of what really does take place after death. The problem…and the reason why there are 100 different opinions…is that no one can prove with factual evidence that their opinion is the correct one. You can’t prove to me that your opinion is correct, and I can’t prove to you that my opinion is correct. There are only opinions, and no one can offer undeniable proof of the factual truth of their opinion. If someone could offer undeniable proof as to what happens after death, then it would no longer be an opinion but would become an indisputable fact.
People are afraid to think about, to talk about, what happens after death. They don’t want to have to consider it, to deal with it. Ignoring the question, though, does not change the reality of death and what actually does happen after death. All it does is keep you from answering life’s most important question, and coming to an informed conclusion and comfortable opinion about it. Death, of course, seals your fate. Whatever is the actual reality of what lies on the other side of life as you enter death…at that point is unalterable, unchangeable, irreversible.
That being the case, there are 2 overriding questions everyone needs to consider concerning life’s single most important question, “What happens after death?”…
- What is the source for your opinion; on what are you basing your opinion? Is your opinion your “gut feeling?” Is it based on supporting written documentation underlying all that its teaching embraces? How authoritative and reliable is the source…the author of what you believe…that you are willing to stake your eternal future existence on it?
- What are the consequences to you if your opinion is wrong, and someone else’s opinion is the right one? If the actual reality is that you will exist forever…for all eternity, then all that really matters while you are still alive is where you will be living hereafter…in what neighborhood, and in what form. The length of time you live now in the physical realm on the face of this Earth becomes completely meaningless in the light of an eternal existence. What is 30, 70, or 100 years of life in this physical body which most assuredly will die…a mere blip on the screen of eternity? Just to give some perspective to this consequence, when you consider the incomprehensible reality that just one second on eternity’s clock can be likened to a million years of Earthly time…what do you stand to lose if your opinion is wrong? The stakes are staggering, beyond imagination!
The single most important question I am faced with in life is, “What happens after death?” The second most important question I am faced with in life is, “WHY DO I EXIST?”
I exist…Because there is an Eternal God Who exists. In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. The Heavens continually declare the magnificent majesty and Glory of God; their measureless expanse continually displays the awesome wisdom and power of His handiwork. Day after day their silent speech is heard unceasingly throughout the farthest reaches of the Earth; night after night they unveil the fathomless knowledge of the Almighty.
Are you familiar with Mt. Rushmore…where the faces of 4 of our Presidents were sculptured into the mountain rock…high up, at the peak? Incredible! Imagine you were standing there at an observation point, admiring the intricate detail of this work of art. After a short while, another person…a stranger…comes along and stands nearby, also admiring the work. He turns to you, and remarks, “Isn’t this absolutely astonishing… how millions of years of ice and snow, wind and rain, could etch out such wonderful and intricate carvings in the rock! And look!…no mistakes; perfect!” You would wonder about this person’s perception of reality, would you not? It is kind of obvious that this work was not a random occurrence, an accidental happening, an incidental incidence. It has design, and purpose, and flawless intricate detail…the work of a skilled craftsman!
That brings us to the third most important question: IS THERE A GOD?
Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities…both His Eternal Power and His Divine Nature…have been clearly seen. They are perceived and understood in the majesty and Glory of God’s breathtaking Creation handiwork! So those people who do not believe there is a God have no excuse at all for their blind unbelief.
The Universe is incomprehensible in its intricate design, perfect order, and incredible vastness! Objects in the Universe are measured in distances of light years…how far light travels in a 1 year period of time. Light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, and so in 1 year light will have traveled 5.9 trillion miles! 1 light year = 5.9 trillion miles! There are stars in our Universe that are millions of light years distant from us! Unfathomable! No…the Universe is no more a random occurrence, an accidental happening, or an incidental incidence than are the carvings sculptured into the mountain rock of Mt. Rushmore!
The framework for understanding our existence begins with fully embracing in my heart why the Eternal God of the universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb. It is so simple a child can understand it; yet it is so simple that only a child can fully embrace it: Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Adults tend to make things complicated, and so oftentimes they end up confusing themselves. The truth is that there are just 5 foundational principles underlying human existence…5 principles determined and ordained by God that are the framework for human existence. If you know and understand these 5 principles, you will understand…
- WHY I EXIST
- WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH
- WHAT THE PURPOSE IS FOR MY LIFE
God’s framework in creating Mankind:
- ETERNAL REASON for my existence: Love.
- ETERNAL PURPOSE for my existence: Relationship.
- ETERNAL PLAN for my existence: I know the plans I have for you.
- ETERNAL PROMISE for my existence: A promised rest for My children.
- ETERNAL PROVISION for my existence:
Gift of My Son
Gift of My Holy Spirit
1. God’s ETERNAL REASON for my existence is Love. I have loved you with an everlasting Love.
In every belief system…if there is a god or multiple gods, Love is not their overriding, predominant characteristic. Except one. In the belief system that is based on the Bible, the Eternal Being presented as God is characterized by His Supreme and preeminent Eternal Attribute: Love. God is Love. Love is the defining characteristic of God. Love is His very nature, Love is His very essence, Love is the very core of His Being. If you remember nothing else from this Presentation, never forget this: GOD LOVES YOU.
God’s Love 4 U is…
I have loved you with an everlasting Love. I knew you by name, in eternity past, before I created the world. I knew every thought you would ever think, I heard every word you would ever speak, I saw everything you would ever do. I considered all these things, and then, with full knowledge of all you would ever think or say or do, I consciously and deliberately chose to love you. It was because I loved you that I brought you into existence. My Eternal Reason for creating you is that I love you; the desire of My heart was to bring you into existence. I made you for Myself, in My Own image and My Own likeness. The most intense desire of My heart was to pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you, to have intimate fellowship with you, and to become ever more one with you…even as We are One with One Another in our Blessed Holy Trinity!
My love for you is unconditional…there are no conditions on My love for you. I love you because of Who I am, not because of who you are…or what you do, or what you refrain from doing. My love for you is not a response to anything in you; I initiate my love toward you. God is Love; I am Love. Love is My very nature, Love is My very essence, Love is the very core of My Being, and I love you because of Who I am. My love for you is completely outside of your sphere of influence. You have no influence over My love for you, no impact on My love for you. Just as time, as an illustration of what I am speaking about, ticks relentlessly by, completely undaunted by anything you can possibly do to hinder its unceasing march, so My love flows unceasingly toward you, undaunted by anything you could possibly think, or say, or do to hinder it. Though you may trample over and smash every clock in existence, you have had no effect on time itself, having trampled only the measure of time. Though you may trample every expression of My love toward you, you have had no effect on My love, having trampled only the measure of My infinite love for you.
There is nothing you can do to cause Me to love you more; My love for you is already infinite. There is nothing you can do that would cause Me to love you less… because I already knew, in eternity past, everything you would ever think or say or do. Nothing you have ever done, or will ever do, is a surprise to me, or something I didn’t already know. No matter for how long, how many, many years you have sinned against Me; no matter how often, how very often; no matter how deeply, how very deeply; I already had full knowledge of these things in eternity past, considered them, and consciously and deliberately, with full knowledge of all you would ever think or say or do. consciously chose to love you.
My love for you is unfailing; it will never fail. You may fail Me; often do. But I will never fail you; I abide faithful! My love for you is unchanging. At this moment in time… after all your years of sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections…I love you the same today, right now, as I did on the day you were born, when you were so pure, so innocent, and so helpless. My love for you has never changed; it is the same…yesterday, today, and forever. And I love you with an unending love…eternal and everlasting.
My love for you will never perish or spoil or fade.
Beloved…Have you not known? Have you never understood? I have loved you with an everlasting love: I knew you by name, in eternity past, before I created the world, and…
My Love 4 U is…
Unending. It will never perish or spoil or fade.
If only you would know in the depths of your soul, if only you would just fully embrace, the greatness of My love I have lavished upon you…that the most intense desire of My heart is to gather you to Myself as one of My Own children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. That is the depth of My love for you.
The 1st of God’s 5 foundational principles that form the framework for human existence is: 1. ETERNAL REASON for my existence: Love. If you remember nothing else from this Presentation, never forget this: GOD LOVES YOU.
God’s Love 4 U is…
Next is the 2nd of God’s 5 foundational principles that form the framework for human existence.
2. ETERNAL PURPOSE: Relationship. I made you for Myself…in My Own image and likeness…Divinely crafted with the capabilities and capacity to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…the very crown jewels of My Creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the created universe.
It was because I loved you that I brought you into existence. My Eternal Reason for creating you is that I love you; the desire of My heart was to bring you into existence. I made you for Myself, in My Own image and My Own likeness. The most intense desire of My heart was to pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you, to have intimate fellowship with you, and to become ever more one with you…even as We are One with One Another in our Blessed Holy Trinity!
God created you for deep and intimate personal relationship with Himself… to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship. There is only one  God, but the Godhead is Triune in nature…a Holy Trinity. Triune and Trinity…which means 3…refers to the 3 Persons within the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There are 3 distinct and separate Persons within the Godhead that is the one  God. For a visual picture of what this looks like, the Godhead can be likened to an Earthly family. The family is one  entity…but within the family there are distinct and separate persons…father, mother, child[ren]. All of them together, though, are still just one  family.
Our Sacred Covenant relationship with the Triune God is a relationship with each one of the Persons of the Godhead, in the unique role that each has in that Blessed Holy Trinity:
- God the Father is my Father; I am His child. We have a Father/child relationship.
- God the Son…Christ Jesus…is my Husband; I am His spiritual bride…the bride of Christ. We have a spiritual Husband/wife relationship.
- God the Holy Spirit is my Master; I am His servant. We have a Master/servant relationship.
Human beings are the crown jewels of God’s Creation. We were created with capabilities, capacities, and faculties that no other living being possesses; You have made Mankind only a little lower than the angels, and placed a crown of glory and honor upon his head. You have put him in charge of every living thing You made; everything is put under his authority.
In our high status as God’s crown jewels of Creation, it was God’s intention that each of us would be a mirror of the Almighty, reflecting His Glory to the created universe. Whenever the Created universe comes into contact with me, they are to see something of Who God is reflected in me; they are to encounter something of God’s character and nature in me.
Moving on to the 3rd of God’s 5 foundational principles that form the framework for human existence…
3. ETERNAL PLAN: I know the plans I have for you; you are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do the good works I have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My Book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe.
God has eternal plans for your life…absolutely, and very specific. He determined and formulated plans for you in eternity past…an Eternal Plan for your life in the physical realm, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. And He has prepared a body for you suitable to be engaged in those plans and to fulfill those purposes. He Personally knit you together in your mother’s womb with the necessary capabilities, capacities, and faculties to do the work He had ordained for you. You were custom made, tailor made! And then He gave you a specific allotment of time for your life in the physical realm…an allotment of time known only by Him that you would need to carry out His work and His will ordained for you. He Himself has determined the day and the hour of your physical death here on Earth…and no one, nor any circumstance, event, or thing, can override it. Every day of your life was recorded in His book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe!
Yet, you can’t even begin to be part of God’s Eternal Framework for Mankind’s existence, including His plans for you, until you become one of His children in the Family of God. Until then, you will just be floundering through life, with no meaning or purpose.
Moving on to the 4th of God’s 5 foundational principles that form the framework for human existence…
4. ETERNAL PROMISE: I have prepared a promised rest for My children. No matter what storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest, whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning, turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled. In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul.
We were all born into this world, but we are not one of God’s children by virtue of our physical birth. We were all brought into existence by God, and are therefore His Creation. But I don’t become His child unless, and until, I am specifically and Personally adopted into His Family and thereby become one of His children. We will be addressing how to exercise your God-given right to become a child of God in tomorrow’s Christmas Day Presentation…a right given by God to every human being.
Are you sorely troubled and vexed by various pressures, trials and afflictions that worry and weary a human soul? Deep sadness and sorrow, intense crying and pain, overwhelming grief, loneliness, broken heartedness? Physical infirmities…physical disorders, diseases, and illnesses? Broken and strained relationships…between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters and family members; between friends and neighbors? Bondage to addictions and habits…addictions to pornography, drugs, alcohol, gambling; addictions to food, tobacco, television, spending; addictions to video games, Internet, social media? Various other bondages…financial, emotional, social, or spiritual? Depression, discouragement, disappointment, disheartened, disillusioned? Downcast, downtrodden, distraught, dismayed, distressed? Discord, disharmony, disunity, dissension and division? No matter how fierce the storms of life, God has prepared a promised rest for His children…peace in the midst of the storm, here and now, as well as for all eternity in Heaven!
Moving on now to the 5th and last of God’s 5 foundational principles that form the framework for human existence…
5. ETERNAL PROVISION:
Gift of My Son. I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the Precious and Priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus. By virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of His Blood, poured out on your behalf on that cross at Calvary, I have forgiven all the sins of those who will receive Him and believe in His Name. Christ My Son has thereby conferred upon those the judicial status of eternal righteousness in My sight.
By virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of the Blood of My Divine Son Jesus, poured out on your behalf on that cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of your sins and failures, your mistakes and imperfections… past, present, and future…I have forgiven you of all you have ever done, and have blotted out the entire record of transgressions proven against you. I have erased the entire record of your sins, expunged all of your sins entirely from My Book of Life. I have removed your sins from you as far as the East is from the West, and cast all of your sins into the depths of the sea, never to remember them against you again. There is nothing written against your name in My Book…just as if you have never sinned. And I have conferred upon you the judicial status of eternal righteousness before Me; you are dressed in the white robes of Christ My Son’s Own Righteousness, pure and holy now in My sight without spot or wrinkle or blemish. Though I am overwhelmed by my sins, You forgive them all. Blessed, and filled with joy, are those whom You choose, whom You bring to live in Your Heavenly Sanctuary! I shall forever be satisfied with the good things of Your house, the eternal blessings of Your sacred Temple! My soul shall forever be satisfied, Father…as with the richest of foods! I feast on the abundance of Your House; You give me drink from Your river of delights!
The Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus envelops my soul…encases my soul…as an impenetrable shield; sin can never again stain my soul. The Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus has conferred upon me the judicial status of eternal righteousness before You, Father…forever pure and holy in Your sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish. And although my outer garments often become soiled with sin as I live out my everyday life, I can continually come before You to acknowledge and confess my sins and failures. You are faithful and just to forgive me for my sins, and You are faithful and just to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. You wash anew my garments that have been soiled with sin in the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus, and make them clean again, dazzling and white. And You wash my feet with pure water… You wash the dust of sin off my feet, enabling me to stand before You in the Holy of Holies, in the inaccessible light of the Glory of Your unclouded Presence. This is my birthright…by virtue of being adopted into Your Family as a child of the Most High God!
The Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you…never to leave you, never forsake you…to be the Divine Nature abiding in you Whose Power continually guarantees and secures your capability to live your everyday life: faithful to your solemn marriage vows as the spiritual bride of Christ My Son; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and My unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
My friends, I will conclude this Presentation in tomorrow’s Christmas Day posting, describing how a person becomes a child of God and thereby adopted into His Family as one of His children. May you find and fully embrace a life that is peaceful and calm, tranquil and unruffled…a true sense of peace and joy, a true sense of comfort and well-being…all the days of your unfolding existence.
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