Eternal life is a relationship with Jesus where we trust him and tell him the truth each day and experience his forgiveness and power to love others. "This is eternal life.” That life, available right here, right now, will only get better, intensifying in wonder the deeper our commitment grows, until the day we enter heaven. There, our vision of Jesus will be perfect for all eternity (1 John 3.1-4).

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3).

I love this verse because Jesus defines eternal life so clearly in it. It’s not just living in heaven forever after we die. It starts the moment we say “yes” to knowing Jesus personally. That’s what Dave did while he was bleeding among the wreckage.

That verse invites us to ask ourselves a question: are we experiencing eternal life right now?

The truth is that, for many of us, our life has to crash before we choose to drop our own plans and really embrace the life Jesus is offering us. When the plane went down, Dave was snapped out of his self-sufficiency and forced to ask himself: What if I die? What have I been living for? Dave changed his life around when God gave him a second chance at life.

What will you do with the eternal treasure Jesus is offering you?

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updated September 2019

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