"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews 9:27
Death is not a subject that we like to talk about. It is one of the most painful experiences that we face. It is a part of life, but it wasn't in the beginning. It was never God's plan for men/women to die. He created us to live forever. Death came as a result of sin-- spiritual death and physical death.
Death is not finality. We don't cease to exist. We just don't live in this physical realm any more, but we "live" on. Our spirit and soul does not die and when it leaves the body, it goes to another place. That place would either be heaven or hell. Depending on where it goes depends on what we do with the provision that Jesus made at the cross to take care of the issue of our spiritual death. Jesus died so that we can come from spiritual death unto spiritual life. When we are brought back to life spiritually, then when we die physically, death has no victory over us-- Jesus took care of that as well. He took the sting out of the grave and the victory away from death. At the end of time as we know it, Jesus will return and He will once and for all destroy death in the lake of fire. There will be no more death, just as He had intended originally.
The fact is that we have an appointment with death. We just don't have the luxury of knowing when that appointment time will be. It comes to young and old alike. But the good news is that we can have the glorious hope that when we leave this life we will be in heaven in the presence of the Lord forever if we place our faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross and then place our lives in His hands to live for and serve Him the rest of our days. Those who don't do this don't have that hope. All they will hear Him say to them is, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire." (Matthew 25:41) Which one of the two are you? What will He say to you on that day? There is no reason for anyone to spend eternity in hell. Jesus provided the way so we could have eternal life. Have you accepted it? Will you accept it?
Have a great day. Death comes to all of us. But death has no victory over those who have placed their lives in His hands.
For further reading:
1 Corinthians 15:53-55
2 Corinthians 5:8
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