As Selwyn says at the start of today’s study: “The whole teaching of Scripture, and particularly the words of Christ, concerning life after death, deepens Christian confidence.”
In John 4:24-25 (NIV), we hear Jesus say: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”
Also in John 8:50-51, “I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
In Paul’s letter to the Romans 5:12-17 (NIV), we hear how death was the result of Adam’s sin; and how eternal life comes through Jesus: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”
Last, but not least, we have these verses from Revelation (Rev. 21:3-4): “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
If we carefully read the New Testament, we cannot fail to see that death ‘is simply the transition from one life to another – from earth’s muted colours to the full glory of heaven’.
I look forward to the day when I see my Father, face to face, in heaven. Although I must admit that I’m a little apprehensive about the actual physical process involved with dying. I don’t think the last few moments would be an issue because palliative care has progressed quite a lot in recent years and I’m told that pain management is very good.
The area, which most concerns me, is that period – be it weeks or months, when you are depending on other people to look after you. However, I’m sure that when the time comes that Jesus will be there helping me thought this situation. I know, He will be with me, every day of my life – right up to the last one – and beyond!