And as He spoke to He no longer looked like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And fur us this is the end of all stories, and we can most truly say that they lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
-C.S. Lewis from The Last Battle
This morning at the Men’s Study we were looking at the eternality, or infinity of God. The main point that was talked about is that God infinite nature means that heaven is not some static thing, where we reach the height our of joy and happiness, but is something that will continually increase the longer that we are in the presence of the Lord.
As we were talking this passage came to mind. It is the last paragraph in the Narnia Series when all the character are taken to be with God for the rest of eternity. Written as a kid’s book, Lewis does a great job of conveying complex ideas in a way that children can understand, which means that we should be able to grasp what Lewis is saying.
This is a great synopsis of the picture that is given to us at the end of the Book of the Revelation. Unfortunately, we tend to think of heaven as some place where things are great and the stay at that same level. Even more people think that heaven will not be a good as it was on earth. This is a silly thing to think. Heaven is the place that God is preparing for us as a way to showcase His glory for the rest of eternity. The longer that we are in this place the more that the glory of God will be revealed, which means that as the infinite God reveals more of His infinite glory, there will be more and more to see and experience as we dwell with Him.
I think that we ought to take time to consider what we think about heaven and see if it a place that our soul longs to be. If it isn’t, then we need to reconsider what we think that heaven will be.
I think Lewis hits it one the head when he mentions that this life is merely the main cover and title page and the bulk of the story is still yet to be written, where every chapter is better than the last, where ever-increasing glory and joy are found for ever.
For His Glory,