Our eternal destiny
December 18, 2017 at 6:00 AM
The pyramids in Giza served as ancient burial grounds for pharaohs and have been standing for more than 4,000 years. (Photos by Greg Kuiper)
Our eternal destiny
During recent travels in northern Africa, I was given the opportunity to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Giza pyramids.
These are impressive structures, the largest standing 455 feet tall and made of 2.3 million blocks that vary in weight from 2.5 tons-15 tons. Even more impressive is that the largest pyramid was built between 2580 and 2560 B.C. and is still standing more than 4500 years later.
The pharaohs built the pyramids as a tomb for themselves and their queens. They were built to last for an eternity.
Interestingly, they expected to become gods in the afterlife, and so they were buried with everything they thought they would need for their trip to the afterlife: gold, fine clothing, jewelry, food, weapons and even board games (in case they got ‘bored’ on the journey).
As I marveled at the quality of the architecture, I also experienced gnawing feelings of sadness. I couldn’t help but think about these magnificent man-made structures standing out in stark relief on the landscape as Jesus and his parents made their escape to Egypt shortly after he was born.
While these pharaohs and their queens lay silent in their stately graves, the King of kings had been quietly ushered into our broken world. He came to give those who trust in him an eternal destiny much better than any pharaoh could have imagined.
In this Advent and Christmas season, let’s keep Jesus’ prayer and the marvelous gift of his life as the focus of our celebrations. Because all who accept his gift will experience his glory for all of eternity, which will clearly outshine any of the wonders of our world.
John 17:1-5: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you have granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”