Today is Easter—resurrection day. I recently delivered a message at my church on this very theme from 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:8. It’s about about what happens to us after we die. You can download it here or listen below:
People commonly misunderstand what happens to us after we die because they misunderstand the resurrection. They think that our after our bodies die, our spirits go to heaven forever. That is not what the Bible teaches.
It’s one thing not to understand what eternal life means. It’s another thing to know what it means and then to deny that it means we will be resurrected. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that if you deny your resurrection, it’s tantamount to denying Jesus’ resurrection. And if you deny Jesus’ resurrection, you’re not really a Christian. So this is not a trivial point. It gets at the essence of our faith.
Also, you cannot deal with suffering in the present if you are not trusting God for what he will do for you after you die. If you fail to believe that things are better after you die, then you will cling to this world as if it’s all you have. That is why Jesus told us that whoever wishes to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for “my sake” will find it.
No one who believes that their best life is now will take up their cross and follow Jesus. They will pursue their own interests because this is all they have. If there is no crown in the future, they will embrace no cross now. And Jesus told us that you can’t be his disciple if you fail to take up a cross. So we are talking about essential things here.
Do you know what happens to you after you die? The Bible says that you can know, and that is what Easter is all about. For more, listen above.
He is risen!