Does the title of this post alarm you? Why? Do you not believe it? It is the truth. If you are reading this post right now, you are going to die. Those who are not reading this post are also going to die. Oh, probably not right now, but you are going to. It is the one thing all things of this earth have in common. Some of you might think you know how you are going to punch out because you have a terminal illness or someone told you; even then you don’t know for certain. People have overcome cancer or died way before they were told they were going to. Maybe you are getting a chill in your spine right now because my subject is scary to you. Many of us think if we don’t consider something then maybe it will just go away. Maybe you just don’t want to dwell on something so frightening, dark, or unknown because it will be a killjoy for you and you always like to think of the brighter things in life.
For a non-believer in Christ, the thought of death or the unknown can be frightening. I use to fear death so I know how you feel. If you are a believer however, you should consider the end of your life a joyous occasion! You should have no fear, only anticipation of joining God in Heaven. Death is only the beginning and what wonders we will have to look forward to! We can get through our hardest times on the assurance that our life is fleeting and but a puff of air on the backdrop of eternity.
We just had Easter weekend. Jesus, fully man and fully God conquered the grave and death, rising on the third day! If we believe this then we have the hope and joy of being with the resurrected Christ when we die!
1Cor 15:55 NIV “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
This was written by Paul by the way. The one who said this,
1Cor 15:9-11 NIV For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect…
He killed Christians until he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. I am pretty sure that many of us have not done as much as him to harm others and he feels that he is not deserving of God’s grace, but he is. No matter what we have done or even what we are going to do, we do not deserve his grace either, but he still gives it. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you are so bad that God can’t save you, or that you are so good you deserve it. You and I are sinners each begging for God’s mercy and grace with each breath we take. I struggle daily with sin and even the best I can offer is but “filthy rags” to God, but he still gives me mercy and grace every day and for that I am greatful . He loves me as his child and watches for my return to Him ceaselessly. If you believe in Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection then you are going to be in the presence of almighty God when you die whether you believe you deserve it or not. He will prepare a feast for your arrival that would put your favorite restaurant or your mamma’s cooking to shame.
Consider heaven for a moment. What do you think it is? Do you think of fat, naked babies with wings playing a stringed instrument and think to yourself, “I don’t even like classical music, I like rock and roll!” Well then, you have bought into what the world says heaven is like, and who wants to be disappointed in the afterlife? When we get to Heaven it will be a place where there is no more suffering, aging, hurt, hate, death, or sadness. The music will astonish you, the colors will be vivid through perfect vision and sights that you can only imagine and many you can’t. We will each have jobs to do that use the skills and gifts given to us by God while on Earth. We will find joy in all that we do in worship of God. We will be more alive than we are now! We will not be a disembodied spirit no more than Jesus was after his resurrection. We will likely recognize those from our past that have gone to heaven and even the one’s who died thousands of years ago. Thinking of death and reuniting with God should be enough to fill you with wonder and joy! Yes, things are chaotic right now and people are suffering. We will rise out of this difficult time, alive or dead, with the knowledge that God is in control. He wants us to turn to Him under these tough circumstances. He is the creator of all things, the healer of the sick, and the giver of strength to the weary. We are loved by Him and He can’t wait to see us in His presence again with open arms to say, “Well done” because we stayed strong and persevered through this difficult life and put our hope and trust in Him. Spend time with God if you are hanging out at home. Read his word so you can read about the promises I have spoken of in this post. Read some Psalms to discover how God has brought people to write songs and poems about His love, grace, and the wonders of heaven. Read Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John so you can know the depth of God’s love for you. I hope you live a full life that is not consumed with your aging, misconceived, limited thoughts about life but about the youthful wonder of the unlimited truth about the eternity that awaits. I hope you love deeper, grow more, and serve and love others in this time so that when you enter the presence of Christ Jesus you hear, “Well done!”