“…man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” Hebrews 9:27
You’re going to die. I know that’s kind of a morbid way to start a blog entry, but it’s true! We’re all going to die which leads us to one of the most universally asked questions since the dawn of time, “What happens when we die?” There are all kinds of different opinions on this, but at least for me, the only opinion I’m interested in is Jesus’ opinion, because He’s the one who has seen the side. Below I’ve taken a very famous story from Scripture where Jesus gives us a picture of what Heaven and Hell look like. There’s a lot more in the Bible on this subject and I encourage you to explore it, but I believe this story straight from Jesus will give you a good start. The Scripture is below and I’ve made some points in Bold to help highlight a few main points. In this Story, Jesus makes it clear that we will all live forever somewhere…either with God or separated from Him.
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. Luke 16:19-21
Your Position in this life does not determine your Location in the next life.
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. Luke 16:22-25
Heaven is a place of eternal fulfillment and Hell is a place of eternal suffering.
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.‘ Luke 16:26
Death doesn’t end your life, but it seals your fate
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Luke 16:27-28
This life is your only opportunity to reach your friends and family for Christ.
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'” ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ” Luke 16:29-31
Final Note: Scripture points to Jesus as the Way to Heaven.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6