WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON DIES?

Behind the prayers, the tears, and the grief lurks the shadow of an unanswered question, which is, “What is next?”  What happens when a person dies?  All of us in our more serious moments want to know the answer.  In a book called, “Children’s letters to God” a little boy named Mike wrote: “Dear God, what happens when you die?  Nobody will talk to me about it.  I don’t want to do it.  I just want to know.”

I am humbled to be asked to write on this subject.  A teacher of 8th graders asked me to give some thought to this matter.  My disclaimer is that I don’t have a personal answer since I have not experienced death.  It is really beyond the limit of my understanding.   All that I can do is give you God’s Word on the matter of dying.  It is a certainty that each of us, unless Jesus comes first, are going to die.  Now, that is not morbid.  It is just a fact that we all were born to die. So, acknowledge we must.  The issue is what happens immediately upon our last breath here in the body?

Does the soul immediately go to be with God?   We know that  at death, man’s probation ends.    2 Thessalonians 1: 8-9 “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.” 

However, believers will enter into their rest.  2 Corinthians 5:1-2 “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building with God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”  The Apostle Paul stated in the first chapter of Philippians that “for me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  His desire was to leave this body and go be with Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

It is my belief that when we die, leave this body, that we, who are in Christ, go immediately to be with the Lord.  We Have the Lord’s promise that He has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again to receive us unto Himself, that where He is we may be also.”  John 14:1-3  We live by faith and not by sight.   The Bible is primarily a book about life, meaningful life here and life forevermore.

How profound, yet simple, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

One Response to “WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON DIES?”

  1. Thank you Max. This is a beautiful reminder of what Easter
    should mean to each of us . We had a wonderful day to day. Celebrating our Risen LORD and SAVIOR.
    Love and Prayers, Joann

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