Life after death

The Doctor's Life Support for 26 March

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15: 26

Quite often we read on Christian Aid posters – ‘We believe in life before death’. Very true, for a great many people live in misery and much aid is needed to comfort and relieve those suffering poverty, injustice and loss. The Bible leaves us in no doubt that Christians have a duty to help in bringing aid to such people. But will the needy, and those who should or do help, know ‘life after death’? The Bible makes it clear that heaven is the home of the redeemed after death. God is there and Jesus, having done everything necessary for our salvation, sits at his right hand, interceding for us. Our longings to be in God’s presence and to see Jesus will be fulfilled. But, sadly, Jesus made it clear that not everyone will reach heaven. The entrance is narrow and many will not get through. (Luke 13: 24) Only those whose trust is in Jesus and who follow his way of love will be admitted. On the way, they need to be prepared to do good works and to tell others about the hope and joy they have. So both slogans are simultaneously true. Everyone should enjoy a full life before death, but also a glorious life after death in God’s presence. ‘At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.’ (C.S. Lewis)

Written by John Townsend from the UK

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