Monday, May 29, 2017

Life After Death

Except for a few atheists, every person and every culture believes in life after death, be it the “Happy hunting grounds,” “The Grand Lodge Above,” “nirvana,” “heaven,” or the indescribable “better place.” The belief that there is life after death is not uniquely Christian.

What is uniquely Christian is the teaching that the dead will rise again.  In the Book of Daniel we read, “Those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).  Jesus said, “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28,29).  There is also 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13f.

For the unbeliever and unrepentant sinner, the resurrection is not a happy thought, but for those who are covered over with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, it stirs a joyful anticipation.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.