Summary: A description of the types of judgments and rewards that we will face.
What Happens On Judgment Day?
This past week I ran across an interesting websight.
It’s called the Death Clock.
All you have to do is type in your date of birth,
and answer a couple questions like,
do you smoke,
what’s your height and weight, etc.
hit enter and it will give you your estimated day of expiration.
My "estimated date" is Sunday,
April 20, 2031.
I’m hoping it happens after the Sunday morning service is over!
And it told me
I’ve got about 807 million seconds remaining.
(counting them down for me as I watched).
This website says at the top: Welcome to the Death Clock, the Internet’s friendly reminder that life is slipping away... second by second.
How comforting – a friendly reminder…
(You’re saying, I don’t want to be reminded….)
Every time I talk about death,
people start shifting nervously in their seats.
We don’t really like to discuss it.
We even avoid saying that someone died.
Instead we say,
they passed away,
or they went to a better place,
they kicked the bucket.” “They are pushing daisies.” Anything but saying that - they died.
Have you watched the news recently? The news is all about death.
Have you noticed that?
This past week what did we see on the news?
Here’s some of the stories I saw.
The death toll from Hurricane Katrina has climbed to 1,037.
As of last Wednesday, 1,907 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war.
Nazi Hunter" Simon Wiesenthal Died at the age of 96.
A 17 year old in eastern Kentucky who’d been sent home from school killed his parents and grandmother, then died in a car crash while eluding police.
4 men died during the Great North Run in England, a marathon with 38,000 runners. One of the men was only 28.
Gordon Gould, the inventor of the “laser” died.
About 75% of the stuff we see on the news is about death.
After watching this you expect the news commentator to say,
“And that’s the news.
We will see you tomorrow evening,
if you are lucky enough to still be alive.”
The fact is, we will die; George Bernard Shaw wrote,
“The stats on death are quite impressive, one out of one die.”
so I’m not going to spend any more time talking about that depressing fact.
But I do want to talk about what happens the moment after we breathe our last breath in this life and our physical body dies.
What happens then? What’s on the agenda?
Everything on my schedule goes into my Palm Pilot,
so I can plan ahead.
(I went to April in the year 2031 on my Palm Pilot, and put in Expiration date) – (Ken, you’re being pretty morbid…)
But I was thinking,
What should I put on my Palm Pilot for the next 5 minutes after that?
The next moment after I graduate from this place to the next?
The Bible describes what’s going to happen that day. We’re going to have a couple meetings,
on our schedule that day.
So that’s what I want to talk about.
What does the Bible say happens,
on my big graduation day,
on that day that my physical body dies,
and I graduate from this life into the next.
What’s on the agenda for us? What’s should be on my Palm Pilot the moment I die?
The first thing is...
1. THE RESURRECTION
Acts 24:15-16 NKJV
there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
We will all be resurrected.
And its says, both the just and unjust.
So whether you’re Mother Teresa or Michael Jackson,
whether you’re Billy Graham or Bin Laden,
The moment our physical body dies,
our soul and spirit are immediately resurrected.
Now, for those of you who’ve studied this,
you know the bible also talks about a resurrection of the body,
when we get our glorified bodies,
but that’s not what I’m talking about here,
that happens later.
But this resurrection is something that happens immediately.
The moment we die, boom,
our soul and spirit goes into the presence of God.
Maybe some of you still have doubts about this,
and you’re saying,
how do you really know,
that there’s life after the grave?”
I know the Bible says so,
but what if the Bible is wrong,
how do you really know?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this stuff out.
If you just look at all of creation,
there is picture after picture of the cycles of death giving way to life in nature.
Take a seed.
The seed looks like it is dead.
You bury the seed.
It seems like it is over,
curtains for the seed.