I have a memory from when I was 5 or 6 years old: we were moving out of our apartment to the first home that my parents had bought. For some reason, I kept thinking to myself, for several years later, “What if all of this is a dream and I just haven’t woken up yet?” It was a weird thought to think that from then on, I just had been stuck in an extended dream and nothing I experienced, achieved, or accomplished was a reality – that it was all just in my head. I know that sounds very similar to a bad plot of The Matrix or Inception but whenever I read the following words of Christ from John 8, those same memories come to mind:
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. | John 8:31-36
If you have ever seen The Matrix, you know that Neo doesn’t initially know that he is in the matrix but rather believes that he is just living a normal life and everything is as it’s supposed to be. He only realizes that his whole life is a simulation in a “life” program when Morpheus shows him the bigger picture and takes him out.
That is the same perspective that the Israelites held. They were taking everything that Christ was saying in a literal sense and that is why they were not able to comprehend that they were slaves to sin. Since they had never known otherwise and they didn’t feel like slaves to sin, they assumed that nothing was wrong. The only way they were going to be redeemed from their sinful bodies was to take Christ at His word, take a leap of faith and trust in Him!
That is the same calling each of us have today. We may have gone through our lives thinking that everything is as it’s supposed to be and that we are meant to live our lives here on earth, die, and call it quits, but in reality, once our physical bodies die, our souls live on into eternity.
Look at the world around you. Look at everything you are doing, the things you are trying to achieve here on this earth and really ask yourself: “To what end am I doing all of this?” It is all temporal; after this life is over, it will all just fade away.
What doesn’t fade is our soul and the decisions that we make about Christ in this life. Our choice to accept or reject Christ while here on earth will decide what happens on that Day of Judgment. If we chose to reject Christ and don’t accept Him as the Savior of our souls, then we are set to face an eternity in hell. However, if we accept Him as our personal Savior, then we are set to face an eternity in His presence in heaven!
God is calling out to you today. The choice is yours!