This is a question that all people ask themselves at some point. All the early historical books indicate this desire to know what happens when one dies.
The Old Testament talks about it some…but not a lot. It seems to be more like a confident hope.
The great age of philosophy discussed it a lot as well. They searched for a meaning in life, with no real answers.
It really took the coming of Jesus to finally help us understand life after death.
Jesus said to Martha in John 11:23-26 after her brother Lazarus had passed away: “Your brother will live.” He was going to bring Lazarus’ body back to life. He also was going to make it possible for everyone to live forever in spirit. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, He that believeth in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” This is a dramatic statement, and moment. If Lazarus doesn’t come back to life, then everything Jesus had just said would be a joke. Jesus would be a liar, deceiver, and fraud. So Jesus goes over to the tomb, asked that the stone be rolled away, and says, “Lazarus, come out!” Then Lazarus comes out of the tomb, still bound by the burial cloths, but fully alive. Remarkable.
Because Jesus backed up his words, we need to seriously consider the claims Jesus had made. For our lives, and for the lives of others. Our body will die after our time on earth is done. But our spirit will live for eternity in heaven. And hopefully with many, many of the people we know, care about, and love. May we see each of you there.