“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20, NIV
Very pertinent for this time. Whether by life or by death. In the latter, we are going Home, a chance to rest after the challenges of this ‘life’. 1 Samuel 28:15
After Elisha the prophet died, he was buried in a tomb. Moabite raiders attacked Israel every spring, one time interrupting a funeral. Fearing for their own lives, the burial party quickly threw the body into the first convenient place, Elisha’s tomb. As soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man came to life and stood up on his feet.
This miracle was a foreshadowing of how Christ’s death and resurrection turned the grave into the passageway to new life.
Three of Jesus’ closest friends were Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus of Bethany. Oddly, when Jesus was told Lazarus was sick, Jesus stayed two more days where he was. When he left, Jesus said plainly Lazarus had died.
By the time they arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the tomb four days. Martha met them outside the village, where Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again. I am the resurrection and the life.” They approached the tomb, where Jesus wept. Although Lazarus had been dead many days, Jesus ordered the stone rolled away, saying, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
Raising his eyes to heaven, he prayed aloud to his Father. Then he commanded Lazarus to come out. The man who had been dead walked out, wrapped in burial cloths.
We can go on, but this is to point out that there is a place and existence (not ‘Time’ for Time will cease to exist.) after this…
Remember this! Our ‘Time’ is measured by the rotation of the Earth around the Sun. When this ceases, we will have no way measuring Time. Eyes permanently shut, skin not touched by the sun, no oxygen… where/when and how will you be?
The afterlife (also referred to as life after death) is the belief that the essential part of an individual’s identity or the stream of consciousness continues after the death of the physical body.
The brain remains momentarily active after a circulatory death. “But if it’s a sudden cardiac arrest, the brain could go on a bit longer. It can take a minute or two minutes for brain cells to die when they have no blood flow.” This means, on some level, the brain remains momentarily active after a circulatory death. What is the brain? You. In the physical state it defines you. Medically it has been determined that you continue, but where do those thoughts go?
In John 10:27–28 Jesus states that: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” This refers to the personal, heart to heart relationship the Christian is expected to have with Jesus.
God will give us new bodies in heaven — bodies that will be similar to Christ’s body after His resurrection. The Bible says that Christ, “by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).
As for the rest of humankind, after the final judgment, it is expected that the righteous will receive eternal life and live forever on an Earth turned into a paradise. Those granted immortality in heaven are absolutely immortal and cannot die by any cause. Even God himself wouldn’t be able to kill them.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Christian teaching traditionally interprets Paul as comparing the resurrection body with the mortal body, saying that it will be a different kind of body; a “spiritual body“, meaning an immortal body, or incorruptible body (15:53—54)
We have only scratched the surface… Seeing that this is crucial to our existence, we will revisit this.
It is easy to be fearful or worried about how nonbelievers will perceive you; however, as the Apostle Paul shows, we have nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to Jesus Christ! Instead, we should boldly share our faith in Jesus with others. Yes, people have suffered for their faith (and some have even died), but we should be courageous enough to allow both our lives and our sufferings to display Jesus boldly.
Dear God, thank You for Loving me enough to send Your Son to save my existence. Thank You for not turning away from me while I was yet a sinner even though You had every reason to be ashamed of me. Forgive me for the times when I was ashamed and scared to share my faith in You with others. Give me the boldness to share Your hope with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.