When a Christian dies, there is really no cause for mourning on behalf of that person. After all, as it says in the Bible, for the Christian, to be “absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8). This, my friend, is a cause for rejoicing, not mourning! So don’t mourn when a Christian dies. Rather, cheer, with great shouts of exultation unto the Lord. The angels — yes, and God! — will have welcomed that person into their presence. It is truly a joyous occasion, and we can’t always see that, of course, from our earthly perspective. But friend, even if that person suffered a great deal while here on this earth, why not even rejoice all the more, on account of that person’s great relief from their suffering up in heaven?
We will all die, this much is certain (or, Jesus Christ will come back to the earth before we die, but this is another story which I will not get into here). And when we die, our spirit and soul go somewhere (the body, we know, goes into the ground, where it returns to “dust” once again, from which it was created). The body is an “earth suit,” made of the same essential elements as the earth is made of, and suitable for life here on this earth. It is no wonder that the body does not go to be the Lord when it dies. After all, it is just a body which was designed with a certain purpose in mind. It has fulfilled that purpose. Let the person now go to be with their Maker. The time will come when they will receive a new body up in heaven.
How about ourselves? When it comes time to die, where will we go? Do we have “saving faith” in the Lord? What is “saving faith,” anyway. Is it something we “muster up” in the “hopes” that God will accept us? Is our faith “saving,” or is it “fearful?” Are we “afraid” that God might not accept us, and so we “work hard” to make sure that He will be “well pleased with us”? Is this saving faith? Saving faith is not like that. It is the faith of a little child, that can say, “Yes, of course my Heavenly Father will accept me. I love Him and He loves me.” We may not understand all of the details necessary in this life to be able to grasp on to “every element” of the Christian faith. But this one thing we should be able to grasp onto. God loves us. He gave His Son for us. Whoever believes in Him will not perish. (John 3:16).
Is your faith saving? Where will your spirit and soul go when you die? Will they go to heaven, where “neither rust nor moth can destroy,” or will they go to hell? These are crucial questions which deserve and beckon an answer. We must be sure of where we are going before we get there. Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and yet loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The answer is obvious. You may have helped many individuals. You may have done so-called “great” things. You may have gained a name for yourself, and – like Toshiba or Sony, or Rolls Royce or Cadillac – that name may indeed “live on” in an “earthly eternal” sense. But what about heavenly realities? Will your spirit and soul both “live on” to be with the Lord? Will you be accepted before God your creator? Is your name written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life? (That is the book that will be opened at the judgment.)
Will you go to heaven, or, will you go down to the deep, to Hades, to the very depths of hell itself? If this question scares you, or turns you off in any way, I would suggest that you reconsider whether or not you are truly a “born again” committed Christian. Jesus said, “You must be born again in order to see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3). You need to “make sure” that you are really “in the faith” and not in danger of condemnation when you die. The Bible says, “It is appointed once to die and after this comes the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus said that He did not come to condemn the world — that is true. He said that the world is “condemned already.” “He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18). Do not turn away from the fact that there is a judgment coming. Do not ignore this one crucial fact! The whole world has been ignoring it for decades, for centuries, and for millennia. Yet, this one crucial truth remains: the whole world is still accountable before God her creator, and, one day, judgment is coming.
The fact that we will one day be judged by our creator, as to whether or not we are “worthy” to obtain eternal life, is a very real issue that deserves a very real answer in each and every one of our lives — before it’s too late. Make sure that you are “in the faith.” Examine yourselves, as the Bible says. “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5) “But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” (Romans 8:9).
Where will you go when you die? Examine yourselves, before it’s too late.