This morning, a very close friend of mine passed away – yes died. We feel the loss.
It seems to be something that all of us must face sooner or later. Life is rather short and eternity after this life so long.
We can react to the fact of death differently:
1 Fatalistically – everybody dies, so , make the most of life.
2 Biblically - It is appointed unto all to die and after death the judgement, so . prepare to meet God.
The first response links to the theory that we are nothing more than highly evolved animals.
The second, interacts with a much bigger picture – A creator God who has made humans as body, soul and spirit. His design is for us to enjoy this life, but He also has something better when this life is finished.
My friend has gone. His eyes see no more, I cannot hear him speak, his fingers no longer play heavenly tunes on the piano and he cannot hear. But where is he? Somewhere!
We have hope beyond death by believing the Bible:
1 After death to be with the Lord (Philippians 1:23)
2 By the resurrection to be vibrantly praising God (Revelation 19)
3 After the Judgement of God, to be used by God in the service of His Son, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 4)
So much more could be written about the next life!
Just now I ask:
' Do you have the assurance that all is well for you for eternity?'
'If you died tonight, where would you be in eternity?'
Can we be sure ??? Yes – as sure as the promises of God. (see previos message on Eternity)