Eternity matters because we are eternal beings (who just temporarily operate by the clock). Not surprisingly, eternity informed almost everything Jesus had to say about life on earth. Like us, those farmers and fishermen and housewives listening to Him by the lake were obsessed with now—with justice and healing and freedom now. But to help them understand their present, Jesus kept pointing them ahead to their future.
Blessed are you now, Jesus said, when you endure and seek . . .