The Great Beyond

Friday, May 20

Death historically has been a dreaded reality. All men of all time have cherished life and tried to avoid death. People are willing to suffer a lot in their declining years to hang on to life as long as they can. A few people in history have deliberately sacrificed their lives for another person or for a cause. We call them heroes. What happens after death has been a mystery. Greek philosophers made it a major topic for reflection, with little chance of any realistic conclusions. The pantheon of Greek gods are witness to that. Different cultures have dealt with death in different ways. Many cultures have sent their loved ones on to the “great beyond” with food or utensils that they will need in the next life. Some have even killed a wife or a slave to accompany the departed one. It was a dismal picture until God stepped into the picture. It came by special revelation—the Bible. For those who have had access to the Bible, it is good news. Dan Schaeffer in his book “A Better Country” has put it this way. “We think we are in the land of the living going to the land of dying when in reality we are in the land of the dying going to the land of the living.” All this is because a hero came into the picture. Like the heroes mentioned above, Christ died for a cause. It was the greatest “cause” of all time. It was to deal with the sin problem for anyone who would accept it. For the Christian, death is no longer a mystery. Rather than dreading death, we look forward to it with great anticipation. Sadly, there are millions of people on earth today that have yet to hear the good news—which has been available for centuries. Are you doing anything about it?

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