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What's after Death?

What happens after someone dies?

Have you ever asked yourself the question "What happens when I die?" The Bible tells us that our life is nothing more than a mist, that is here one minute and then gone the next (James 4:14), and that "it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27)

In fact about 108 people die every 60 seconds, and that means that the clock is ticking for you, and each beat of your heart is the drumbeat to your very own funeral march, so tonight if God would say to you "your soul is required" (Luke 12:20), where would you end up? How would you do when God, our maker, calls us into account for the life He's given us?

How good are you?

You may be one of the many 'good' people in the world that believes that they have done fairly well, and that 'if' there is a God, He will gladly open the gates of heaven and let you in.

But look at what the Bible says: "...no one does good, not even one" (Romans 3:12)

Jesus Christ said when talking to a rich young man: "...No one is good except God alone." (Mark 10:16)

After Jesus finished saying that, He began to list some of the 10 Commandments to see if the man He was talking to was indeed 'good enough' for eternal life.

So right now, if you were to compare yourself to the 10 Commandments, would you be good enough for Heaven? Or would you fail and be bad enough for Hell?

The test...

Let's see:

The 9th Commandment: "You shall not lie" - Now have you ever told a lie? Now this may be 'white lies, black lies, blue lies, pink lies' whatever colour the lie is, it is still a lie. And the Bible warns us: "...all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8).

Remember we only have to commit one murder to be classed as a murder, and only one rape to be a rapist. The same applies with lying, if you tell one lie, then it shows that you are a liar at heart.

The 8th Commandment : "You shall not steal" - Have you ever stolen something? Most of us can probably claim innocence at first, until we are reminded that stealing anything, even something small, constitute the act. Ever burned illegal Mp3s? Downloaded movies from the internet? Taken office stationery home? Stolen someone else's credit for their work? Just a single act of theft qualifies us as thieves in God's sight.

The 7th Commandment: "You shall not commit adultery" - But look at what Jesus said: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28)

So have you ever looked upon someone with sexual desire? We might excuse ourselves from the sin of adultery just because we left the physical act undone. However, God sees the unholy imaginations in our hearts the same as the outward act. How many of us can claim perfection in keeping this law?

The 6th Commandment: "You shall not murder" - Now you are probably sitting their patting yourself on the back for not breaking this commandment, but lets look at what the Bible says: "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." (1 John 3:15)

God's ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). God is perfect in thought, word and deed, and because He is perfect, He sees the mere thought of hatred as the same as murder, and as the Bible says no murderer will enter Heaven.

The 3rd Commandment: "You shall not use God's name in vain" - Have you ever used God's name to express disgust? Or, use it as a curse word?

Why do you do that? Why is that you take the name of God, and Jesus as a curse word? Next time when you curse why not use the name of Buddha, or Muhammad?

The reason we only curse the name of Jesus Christ, and use God's name in vain is because we are enemies of God, and when we break this commandment we show that we hate the one who has given us life.

"The LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." - Exodus 20:7

So how did you go?

We have only looked at 5 out of 10 Commandments, and any reasonable person would have to admit that they fall well short of perfection. And the rest of the 10 Commandments do not bear good news either. How many times have we desired something that doesn't belong to us? How many of us can honestly say that we have honoured our parents without fail? When we create in our own mind an image of God that does not fit the description of the Bible, are we not creating an idol in our own mind? How many of us rush through life without pausing to reflect on God's provision and kindness towards us? And how many of us live our lives as if the centre of the universe passes through our forehead and God is therefore not the first in our lives?

Because we are sinners we commit sin, and that makes us wicked in the sight of the infinite Holy God, and because God is good and just He must punish sin wherever it is found, and the problem is that you are full of sin so God will be forced because of His goodness to send you to hell.

Is there any good news?

Now you might say "But God is Love!" and that is true, and because God is love, He must hate sin and punish sin. But God is also kind, and loving towards those who would come unto repentance.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. - Romans 5:6

Because of the sin you committed you deserve to die and spend eternity in hell (Romans 6:23). But God in His kindness provided a way of escape, and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The good news...

Jesus Christ is God in flesh, who came to earth to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21), and the way He accomplished this was by living a perfect life that is free from sin, and then dying on a cross for the sins of His people.

By all rights everyone in this world should die for their sins, for it was our sins that put Jesus Christ upon the cross. But Jesus Christ endured the agonies of the cross and died for the sins of all that would come unto Him in repentance.

3 Days after Jesus was crucified, He rose from the dead and defeated the grave and now lives forever more, and one day will return to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1).

So what do I have to do?

It is because of His death upon the cross that we can have peace with God, and the way we obtain that forgiveness for our sin is by humbly coming unto Him in repentance (turning from sin), the Bible tells us: "...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved..." For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:9,13).

But the word belief means more than just having an intellectual belief, but it means a trusting in, that is a trust to save ones life. It means that our good works won't save us, and it means that we cannot earn our way to Heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9). The only way to Heaven is by repenting and trusting in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6)!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

The choice...

The question now facing you is: What will do? Repent or Reject?

God's Word says:

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. - John 3:36

Right now because you are a sinner the Holy wrath of God is upon you! That is the anger of the Holy God that created everything in this world is abiding upon you.

So are you prepared to go to bed tonight with God's wrath upon you? If you are, then you have made your choice, and all we can do is plead with you to come unto repentance.

But if you aren't prepared to have God's wrath upon you, then we encourage you to repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you.

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Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
- 2 Corinthians 6:2