When we are young, we are invincible; immortal, we will live forever, unscathed. Death, if we even recognize its existence is but a badly blurred picture on the horizon of our life that is itself just barely visible. As we age, there comes a time when that horizon is visible and the picture of our death becomes increasingly sharper in focus. Eventually, we come to the point where we embrace death.
Whether we have reached the point of embracing death or not, at some point in time we find ourselves asking what it means to die. There is of course, the physical definition of death that says that once the body ceases to function there is nothing else. On the surface this seems like a satisfactory answer to the question but, somehow it seems incomplete.
The apostle John quotes Jesus saying that our earthly death is not the end. He goes on to say that it is a beginning of the next phase of life – eternal life that all will experience.
Scripture tells us, however, that there will be a difference in the type of eternal life that will be experienced. For those who deny that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God their eternal life will be very different from those who do make this confession.
For the non-believer, he or she will experience an eternity separated from God, experiencing the wrath that Christ felt on the cross. There will not be any path of appeal to this sentence.
For the believer, however, life will be completely different. His or her life will be an eternity spent in the presence of God in which peace will be the order of the day and suffering will no longer exist.
Scripture: John 5:19-47