(Psalms 75-77, Romans 6)
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6:4-5)
Eternal life is not something to be experienced as something future only. It begins here! Eternal life, the experience of being alive to God, begins here. If we have been united with Jesus in death through baptism here, then we should also expect to experience His resurrection life here.
According to Jesus, our prayer is for the will of God, the reality of heaven, to manifest here and now, just as it does in heaven. Our prayer, our experience is not pointed forward to some future day after we take our final breath. No! Resurrection life, the very reality of heaven, is operational now. This is to be our daily actuality. This is the life promised us by Christ.
We are not called to hold the fort, hoping against all odds to leave this world untainted and untouched. We are sent ones. We aren’t afraid of darkness because we are light! We are the light of the world. Now go! Manifest life. Manifest the resurrection power of Christ. Demonstrate heaven. This is the Good News.