We started today’s sermon exploring in details Job’s question in “Job 14 vs 14”, where he asked that “If a man dies, shall he live again?”, before you run through this review, take a break and ask this question and personify it. If you die today will you live again? – Job had taken time to study the life of plants (trees in particular); how they are cut down and after some days they sprang up to life again is that mysterious? but the same doesn’t hold for a man. Why? The moment a man dies he’s laid low with no life after; the question now is life worth the aftermath? Why should I come on earth, die, and be laid waste in the grave, was that the mind of God for creation? These are the questions we answered in today’s review.
Today, we have people and several religious sects that believe in death and the different aftermath of death. Listed below are some views:
- There is no life after Death
- Some believe that when a man dies he just transits into another country or state
- There is Life after Death
Is there life after death?
The plain answer to the above question is simply “Yes” – and It is because of this we all need to give our lives to Jesus Christ. We are not giving our lives to Christ because we don’t want to die, neither are we believing Christ because of prosperity or marriage; of cos, we need these things, they are things that accompany salvation and this exactly is why we came to Christ, cos salvation is a provision made for us to define where we’ll be after death. A quick reference to “life after death” in the scripture is a scenario with Moses and Elijah in Luke 9:29, where they were revealed at the Mount of Transfiguration to Peter, James, and John. If death is the end of every man, then we should not have Moses and Elijah revealed. It simply means their Lives were not destroyed.
Another reference is Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:22), explaining life after death of the dual. They could see where they were after death; The bible says, “He lifted his eyes and he saw Abraham” This depicts that even the old testament saints had where they were after death, for the rich man to see Abraham and was lamenting about his regrets. You’ll agree with me that the rich man had everything on earth but lack a life spent for Christ on earth, he forgot that death was not his end and it has nothing to do with your money, morality, or your giving to the poor.
Note: Moral will never give you salvation, Only Jesus Christ gives salvation. You are saved to do good works, but your good works cannot save you, it is the blood of Jesus Christ That saves us.
Brethren, death is not our end. Individuals will die and their own time and go to a certain place, where will be your own place, what will be your own end? Cos right now we are working for our own end, what are you doing differently at the moment, or you are like the rich man who worshiped money in his lifetime? or mocking “a Lazarus” just like the rich man did?
All of us are indebted to the messenger of death if rapture tarries, so you better don’t look at your age; look at your faith cos death will not respect your age and your money cannot stop it. The fact that a person dies and is not in the grave doesn’t mean they are not somewhere. They have to be somewhere either at peace or suffering. If you are saved, then you should be at peace after death and vice versa. You better accept salvation now that it is available; as a gentile, salvation cannot be given to you in the grave, if you don’t accept it now if you die forget about it. Just like an angel piloted the rich man to his place it is the same way you’ll be piloted to your deserved place and position after death.
Revelation 20:12 – 15
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The above scripture shows that even the first death is not the end of a man, if you have refused salvation when you are alive, you are doomed to experience second death. The salvation we are preaching to you is not a lifeless assurance. There is resurrection brethren, just like Apostle Paul emphasized in I Corinthians 15:13 that if there’s no resurrection of the dead then not even Christ has been raised and if Christ has not been raised our preaching is useless and so is our faith; Contrary to this Christ is risen and has given us salvation and a provided way to escape second death, all we need to do is accept his outstretched hands and walk in his way.