I went outside this afternoon to mow the yard, and there was an ambulance across the street, in front of an elderly neighbor’s house. The neighbor’s brother had called another neighbor who did a lot of yard work for this man because he himself couldn’t get hold of his brother. This neighbor found the man dead inside the house.
I always wonder what people who have just landed on the other side of death would tell us if they were able to come back. And, no, I put no stock in seances, etc. Such things are forbidden by Scripture.
Though I hadn’t thought of it when I started this post, the Apostle Paul had something to say about this. In Philippians 1:21, he wrote, For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain (NKJV). The interesting thing about the second phrase is that, in the original language, Paul is “looking back” at his death: “to have died” is gain. He’s writing about having passed through the door of death into eternity and seen what’s on the other side of death.
For the Christian, it’s far better, v. 23.
For the unbeliever, ah, who can say what really lies over there for them? What Scripture tells us about the end of the unbeliever seems almost too horrible to be true. In fact, many people reject Scripture or at least parts of it because they can’t reconcile God’s love and God’s justice.
In fact, God’s justice was satisfied because God is love. What we could never do on our own, and have no desire to do apart from God’s grace, God did in and through His Son, the Lord Jesus.
Those who repent of their sins and turn to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness and salvation, and they only, are assured of a place that is far better.
Oh, to be ready – by the grace of God – for
when the red lights flash.