"Underneath everything in your life, there's that forever empty. The knowledge it's all for nothing and you're alone." That "forever empty" is what we feel from being unplugged from our power source; we drain away like a battery and then we die, and we never get reconnected with the power source. After death, our soul feels that same keen separation and hopelessness which forever torments us. The power source is our Creator, the living God of the universe. If we find Him now while we're alive and get "re-plugged in" with Him, we'll stay that way for eternity. We'll know as profound a joy forever as we feel profound sadness without Him. And that's just not me babbling like some philosopher trying to figure out the something from the nothing. That's what the Creator Himself told us when He spoke to various people throughout history and when He sent the second person of the Deity, Jesus (called the Son of God and the Son of Man), to earth as a human to do the "re-plugging." We got disconnected in the first place because we turned against God to be our own gods--our own bosses. Only one who obeys the Creator's perfect plan of a holy life can come near to Him and really live, just as a computer can only run when it operates according to the engineer's blueprints. And that's what Jesus did, and not only that, but He paid the debt we owe God so that we can be seen as perfect before Him. So how do we tap into that? Since Jesus was always connected to God, death had no hold on Him, so when He did die in our place, He rose again three days later. He is living in heaven this moment, hearing our every thought for which we will give account to Him. If we pour out that sadness that Louis talked about TO Jesus and confess our need for Him and His salvation and our desire to live His way, He promises to give us eternal life. Jesus says, as recorded in God's Word, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God" (John 3:16
-21). And God says, "How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings" (Proverbs 1:22
-23). And one of Jesus' witnesses says, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with [God] the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us" (1 John 1:3-10). Read for yourself God's message of hope to us in the Bible! In it is our hope for eternal purpose, eternal joy, and eternal life with our glorious Creator! Since Jesus conquered sin which bars us from God and since He therefore conquered death, all who believe in Him have eternal life, and that sense of REALLY living starts here in this world, because we live for building His kingdom that will last forever and be glorified instead of our own kingdoms that will crumble anyway! After death, those in Christ will be with Him in spirit and know unhindered joy, and one day, Jesus promises to return to earth to restore His rightful rule over all things. On that day, He will judge those who have rejected Him, and He will raise the bodies of all who believed in Him and who had died, to rule with Him forever. Praise God for this unspeakable gift!