There Is No More Death

“There shall be no more death.”  Those aren’t my words.  They come from the Bible.

Why does the Bible say this?  Because Jesus Christ abolished death – not in the sense that He made it go away, but in the sense that He completely changed its outcome.  So, it might as well have gone away because its outcome is nothing like what it used to be.

Death used to be the end – the end of a human life.  Through Jesus Christ it is now the entrance into a continuation of life – forever!

(The story of this dramatic reversal of fortunes is told in Everyone Is Going to Heaven, but you don’t have to read that unless you want more details.)

Because of what Jesus Christ has done for the human race, we can – with great justification – say, “There is no more death.”

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God Has Planned Your Escape from Death

You will have to die.  I don’t know when, but sometime – sooner or later – you will have to die to the physical body that houses you.

When this happens, however, God will rescue you.  He has planned your deliverance from death for a long time – in fact, since long before you were ever born.

There is no movie you have ever seen which has a rescue of the hero more dramatic than the one you will experience when God takes you to heaven when you die.

Would you like to know who to thank for this?  Thank Jesus Christ.  How do you do that?  Turn to Him in faith right now and speak from your heart to His heart.  He will hear you…and answer you.

Live the rest of your life practicing the process in which you just engaged.  That’s all you need to do to stay close to Him.  Through that process He will guide you in the paths of morality (the Bible calls it “righteousness”).  Peace and joy will be your daily portion from Him.  The world will give you grief, but take heart – He has overcome the world.  And so will you!

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Because of Adam We All Die; Because of Jesus We All Live

You know the story of Adam.  He was the first human being and he sinned in the garden of Eden.  Because of this failure, he and all other human beings die.  Including us, of course.

You know the story of Jesus of Nazareth.  He was God made flesh and He lived a sinless and perfect life.  Because of this achievement, He and all other human beings will live forever.  Including us, of course.

It’s just that simple.  It has nothing do with whether you are a Christian or not.  It has nothing to do with whether you go to church or not.  It has nothing to do with whether you make a profession of faith in Jesus or not.  Just as surely as you will die in this earth, you will be raised to heaven.

This truth is not an excuse to disregard God.  On the contrary, it is abundant reason to relate to God more.  We will have to give an account for everything we did on earth when we go to heaven, in addition to the judgment we experience on earth for our sins (Judgment Is Upon Us).

Talk to Jesus – He’ll answer you, and help you!

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Who Brought Life and Immortality to Light?

Jesus Christ brought life and immortality to light.  Until Him, the world had no true conception of how God might grant us another life after this one.

Until Jesus, the world was shrouded in darkness, ignorant of the plans God had for us.

The Jews knew there was a hope for resurrection, and its prophets painted its outlines in the Old Testament.  But only when Jesus came were these outlines filled in and colored with clarity.

We now know that Everyone Is Going to Heaven, and thus we are all immortal for sure.  But let us never forget the One who brought this truth to reality…and to light:  Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of the whole world.

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He Shall Wipe Away Every Tear from Their Eyes

The book of Revelation promised that God would “wipe away every tear.”  To what does this refer?  It refers to the abolition of death, as in Everyone Is Going to Heaven.  In fact, that passage from Revelation goes on to say “there shall no longer be any death.”

We certainly experience death in the same way as always here on earth – so what’s changed?  What has changed is what happens to us after we die.  Rather than descending to a place of death called Hades (or Sheol) for an indeterminate sleep-like state, we ascend immediately into heaven.  Therefore, what has changed about death is invisible to the natural eye – but understood by the word of God.

“Crying may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning”…for everyone.  With this assurance, pray to God each day so that you may know how you can please Him and hold your head up when you go to heaven.  As you do please Him, His glory will shine in your soul and your hope for heaven will grow.

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There Is No Hell Beneath Us – Only Heaven Above

We live in a new creation.  This is not something science can detect for creation incorporates spiritual (that is, non-physical) realities.  The Bible is our most reliable source for this information, which is another way of saying that Jesus of Nazareth, His apostles, and the prophets of ancient Israel are our most reliable sources for this information.

The previous order of creation was heaven above and Hades below (the Hebrews called it Sheol).  The new creation order which Jesus brought in is heaven above us…and nothing below.  That’s why in the old order everyone who died went below – there was no place for us in heaven.  In the new order, everyone ascends to heaven – there’s nowhere else for us to go.

Why the change?  God’s love for us.  “God’s love for who?”  Us.  Human beings.  The whole human race.  That is, just as the whole human race used to descend to Hades at death, now the whole human race ascends to heaven.  That’s the Bible’s story of afterlife.  Of course, there’s a lot more to it – but those are the headlines.

This being the case, let us fall to our knees and thank God for such amazing mercy toward us.  Our sins had caused the problem.  His righteousness provided the answer.  Let us humble ourselves to stop living selfishly and start living in true love toward one another.  Start with your family…then your friends.  Leave no one out.

By the way, do none of this to impress others.  Trying to show everyone else how much better a person you are is counterproductive and unpleasant for everyone.  Live with your heart as an open book to God.  Your heart’s already open to Him anyway – just change what you’ve been writing on it.

(Why was hell never mentioned in either creation order?  Because hell is the judgment we bring on ourselves in this earth when we sin.  It therefore doesn’t have to do with the afterlife – it has to do with this life.  This is another good reason to repent!)

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Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Even if you don’t read the Bible, you may recognize the words of the title as coming from the 23rd Psalm – something like “Yea, tho’ I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.”  It goes on to say, “for Thou are with me.”  Of course, we know now that Jesus Christ is the “Thou.”  And the meaning this has for us is that because of Him, Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

This whole earth, of course, sits in the shadow of death.  Everyone dies.  Yet God has sent a message into the world through His Son Jesus Christ that we should not fear this veil of intimidation.  For we are going to live forever.  It only looks like everything ends.  The truth is that life goes on in heaven.  God wants us to believe this.  God wants us to trust Him.  Let’s do it!

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Surely You’re Not One of Those People Who Refuses to Believe God’s Plan

There are people in this world who, even when they hear of God’s plan to take everyone to heaven, simply won’t believe it.  Don’t be like them.  They deprive themselves of so much hope and assurance. They deprive themselves of a confidence in living, of a magnificent reason to love and care for everyone around them.  They’ll still get to heaven, but they will have deprived themselves of a great deal on the way there.

Everyone Is Going to Heaven and you can even read, if you want, The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven.

Whether you read a lot or a little, just be sure to believe God’s plan.  If you do, you will enjoy Him so much more between now and heaven.  And you will always have hope when loved ones die.

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Before Jesus, We Didn’t Have Much of a Future

Before Jesus of Nazareth, humanity didn’t have much to look forward to.  Why do I say this?  Everyone was dying.

What good was life if that’s all there was?  A few years of pleasure and pain, and then it’s all over.  What’s the point?

Now if you were of the ancient Hebrews, you had a hope about this sort of thing.  You had prophets who would say things on behalf of God like “I know the plans I have for you to give you a future and a hope.”  Sure, some people just took this to mean that God would give a person something to be happy about in this life. But the words actually carried greater import because the future God was planning on giving was an extension of life beyond death…way beyond it…into eternity!

This is what Jesus Christ brought about when He was crucified and raised from the dead three days later.  We sure do have a future now.  In fact, Everyone Is Going to Heaven. Doesn’t that make you want to mend your life and live for your Creator?

Notice that I am not saying you should repent so that you can go to heaven.  Rather, I am saying you should repent because you are going to heaven.  That is, your repentance is not something you do to earn your way into heaven.  You don’t earn it; you’re going there no matter what.  Instead, your repentance is your way of saying “Thank You” to God.

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Life After Death Will Be Exactly as the Bible Has Portrayed It

There is no need to be ignorant or agnostic about what will happen to us when we die.  The Bible is clear:  Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

If it were not so, Jesus would have told us.  After all, He was the One who gave Himself for our sins so that we could go to heaven.  Before Him, there was no place for us there.  On the contrary, everyone who died went below to Hades (the Hebrews called it Sheol).

The whole story of our redemption has been laid out for us in the Scriptures.  We may know for a fact that it will turn out for us exactly as the Bible has described it.

This fact, by the way, has nothing to do with whether you go to church or whether you are a Christian.  It applies to everyone.

Let us therefore love God with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength – and our neighbor as ourselves – just as Jesus commands us.

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