Are you afraid of dying? Some people never give it a thought. They have the classic “it won’t happen to me” attitude. Others don’t want to think about it, because they are so afraid of the very idea. Younger people don’t usually spend too much time thinking about dying, unless they have a close encounter with death. The adventurous ones, who do life-challenging things just for the fun of it, seem to laugh death in the face. I say “seem to”. But I believe that deep down, where no one can see, we are all afraid of death. We don’t enjoy the idea of our life suddenly coming to a stop. Yet whatever we think, death is the final curtain in this life, and there are no encores.
Much of the mystery of death concerns what happens afterwards. Do we go on existing somewhere else? We have an inborn sense that there must be something more; especially when one gets to the later years, it’s natural to wonder: Is this all there is? What about Heaven? Is there such a place?
Are you perhaps wondering why I’m bringing up such a gloomy subject when this blog is supposed to be about light touches from the LORD?
It’s because we have just come through the season when we remembered the most profound happening in the history of the human race – the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. There is more historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, than there is for the existence of Julius Caesar!
A lot of research has been done on the subject of life after death. People of all ages have had experiences known as NDEs (near death experiences), including young children. Their descriptions of Heaven have dovetailed remarkably: a place of unbelievable beauty, fields of flowers, crystal clear rivers, intense colours unknown on earth, music beyond human ability to create. A place of happiness, peace and of indescribable love. They have told about meeting with family members who have died. They reported seeing beings of brilliant light. And some of them say they met Jesus Himself. And none of them wanted to come back to this life.
Others have returned and talked about a terrifying experience, a place of horror and pain, of attacks by fiendish beings; a place of darkness and abandonment. A place the Bible calls Hell.
This would agree with the Bible’s clear teaching that there is life after death.
So wouldn’t you say it’s a sensible thing to at least start thinking about that life, and where you might want to spend it?
By rising from the dead, Jesus shattered forever the power of death, and opened the way for us to live with God for eternity. He unlocked Heaven for us and gave us a future that is mindblowing. Because of this, there is no longer any need to fear death. It is simply a step through the door to the amazing life we were created for.
A baby in the womb could never understand if you tried to describe to him the life he would have after birth. He has gifts and talents in him that he has had no need or ability to use. He has certain body parts that will never be used in the womb, but are meant for use in the world he’s going to enter. Maybe he would feel some anxiety at the thought of having to go through the birth canal in order to enter that world. It’s the same with us. In the life we can live with God, we will live fully, as we were created to live. And we get to choose our destination.
To be certain of that future is not hard.
Admit your need of a Saviour. Accept for yourself the forgiveness He died to give you, when He took the punishment for your sin on the cross. Give control of your life to Him.
And He will give you a fresh start- you will be created new. And you’ll be able to truly laugh in the face of death.