I have had a hard time deciding what to write to you. Your world is probably as unimaginable to me as my world is to those who lived in 1895. I am sure they could hardly imagine our world of computers, televisions, jet planes, moon walks, satellite explorations, and atom bombs. What must your world be like? Some of our computer scientists working on Artificial Intelligence are predicting that within as little as a decade there will be computers which will have progressed to the point that they will be considered to be persons. This opens up all kinds of theological questions for us not to mention logistical ones---how will we Baptists ever baptize a computer by immersion without shorting it out? (this is a joke). What will your world be like? Will life still exist on our planet? Or will it be wiped out by nuclear war or some ecological disaster? Will our Lord have returned "to judge the living and the dead" by then? I don't know, but some things I do know. If you read this message, you will be pretty much like us (and like those of a century before us). You will laugh, love, weep, and die as we do (probably of different diseases). You will be sinners in need of grace and forgiveness as we are, and like us you will worship the God who is from "everlasting to everlasting" and the Christ who is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." Whatever good things we will have passed on to you (we know we have passed along a lot of bad), my hope is that chief among them will be faith in God who is with us always.
It is my faith in God who raised Christ from the dead that leads me to say, "I am looking forward to meeting you."
©C. David Hess