Summary: What happens after death? Where will you end up? Can we choose our eternal destination?
Eternity; what happens next?
John 14:1-2 King James Version (KJV)
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Luke 23:33-43 New International Version (NIV)
33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. “And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Today we are 1/3rd of the way through our “Believe” church experience study guide by Pastor Randy Frazee.
So far we have covered the topics of:
A Personal God
Our Identity in Christ
Stewardship of the Christian Home
And today we finish this series of ten messages with the topic of Eternity.
The late Rev. Dr. Lawrence Brice in his 2012 book “Confident Faith” devotes an entire chapter to what happens after death. He titled that chapter “The bottom line - is there eternal life?”
Today we will examine that question from a Biblical perspective and also look at how science is still unable to answer the things we believe by faith.
Things so sure to us that we stake our present and our eternal future upon them as we trust in what Jesus and others have told us about the life that follows this one.
Interesting scientific fact. The human body loses 21 grams at the time of death. They do not know why. This does not occur with any other species just humans. “In 1907, Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill in Massachusetts actually tried to weigh this soul. In his office, he had a special bed "arranged on a light framework built upon very delicately balanced platform beam scales" that he claimed were accurate to two-tenths of an ounce (around 5.6 grams). Source: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2004/05/13/1105956.htm