Master Sermon List
by Martin Knapp
Did you ever stop to think about Eternity? How long is it?
I imagine I hear some one say, "Why, it is so long that if you should begin now, and count every drop of water there is in every river, lake, and ocean on this globe, when the last drop is counted it would only be just begun."
I imagine I hear another say: "If you would take every particle of sand and dirt of which this earth is made, and count them all, and stop an hundred years between the counting of each particle, then, when all were' finally counted, Eternity would be just as long as when you first began."
Both of these answers are true. Eternity means never-ending duration.
Time, with its six thousand years that have passed away, is simply a little comma in the infinite' volumes of the great Eternity. It is but a small drop in the boundless Ocean of the great Forever.
As sublime as the thought of Eternity is, it becomes all the more majestic when were member that every soul is to exist through all its ages. "We are, and we can never cease to be."
Where you and I shall spend that Eternity moves all Heaven and stirs all hell.
Satan is determined that we spend it with him, and through demons and wicked men, and our own carnal natures, is doing all that lies in his power to allure us into the fatal Streams of these Rivers and over the Falls of Eternal Despair, into an Eternity of the lost, where we will be hopeless and Christless for ever and ever. There, amid the billows of that burning sea, whose fires emit no light, and whose flames never tire nor cease, there will be Eternal separations from God and all the good. Heaven, with all its infinite and eternal joys, will be lost forever.
There will be no music there; but weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Those who have been hated and wronged here' on earth, doubtless there will wreak their vengeance upon the lost forever.
Wicked men and devils, superintended by Satan himself, doubtless will "torment both day and night, for evermore."
One of the hottest flames which then will torture the despairing soul doubtless will be that this doom was self-chosen. The memory of sins committed, of Christ rejected, of prayers spurned and duties neglected, like a scorpion, doubtless will sting the soul and deepen its agony ages without end.
It is a fearful thing to be lost in outer darkness; lost from God; lost from Heaven; lost from loved ones, who interceded by their prayers and tears to save us; lost in a black burning wilderness, so far from God's Heaven and His millions of shining, shouting worlds that not one ray of their combined light can even pierce the outer darkness; lost amid the howls of demons, the sarcasm and ridicule of fallen spirits, the fightings and anguish of lost men! All this is awful beyond description; but add to this the word Eternal, and remember that this means FOR EVERAND EVER, and there is no language that can express the awfulness of such a loss.
O, Eternity of the lost! May thy infinite horrors and everlasting anguish of despair move every reader to drop the sins that may be bearing him to thy murderous bosom, and heed the call of mercy before it is too late!
"Lo, on a narrow neck of land
'Twixt two unbounded seas we stand,
A breath of time, a moment's space,
Removes us to that heavenly place,
Or shuts us up in hell."
Reader, remember that your decision this very hour may determine where you will spend ETERNITY.
"Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels." Matthew xxv, 41.
"And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation xx, 15.
But, thank God! there is another picture!
When Jesus threw back the curtain that intervenes between this and the unseen world, He showed us a painting, not only of the Eternity just named, but of a glorious Eternity from which sin will have been banished forever; an Eternity where there is no pain nor sorrow, nor sickness, nor sighing, nor tears; an Eternity where Jesus and His angels, and loved ones who delight to do His will, dwell; an Eternity whose music will thrill, and whose joys will fill increasing capacities with inexpressible delights; an Eternity where we may fly on errands of light and love, forevermore doing the bidding of Him whom we adore; an Eternity amid the mansions whose foundations are sapphire and other priceless jewels; whose gates are pearls; whose temple' is the Lord God Almighty, and the light of which is Jesus, our Elder Brother; an Eternity where there is no more curse, and we need "no light of moon, neither light of sun, for the' Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever;" a welcome Eternity; a blessed Eternity; a victorious Eternity; an Eternity where usefulness, and honor, and enjoyment, all unite to bear its people to heights undreamed of here.
How foolish to barter such an Eternity for earth's honors or pleasures or sins! Is it any wonder that Jesus represents the rich man who sold his soul for money as a fool? He sold an Eternity of bliss and purchased a ticket to an Eternity of woe for a little property and a few brief hours of sensuous enjoyment. Let us choose an Eternity where it may be ours to speed on ministries of love and light from world to world and universe to universe, magnifying the grace of God that rescued us from the River of Death, and thus transforms. Thank God such an Eternity is real and near, and may be ours!
Reader, may we not meet there? Whatever else we do, may we live every moment ready for the ETERNITY of those who are enrolled above.
"And there shall in no wise enter into it anything unclean, or he that maketh an abomination and a lie: but only they which are written in the Lamb's book of life:" Revelation xxi, 27.