The great enemy of humanity is death. Sadly, the narrative of our day says we’ve come from nothing and we’re going nowhere when we die. But that’s simply not true. The Bible says that after Jesus died and rose, He ascended to Heaven, and one day He’s coming again!

Death is not natural or normal but evil. Death is a thief and robber. The hope for the disciple of Jesus is that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and then one day, Jesus is coming again. Then, wrap our souls in resurrection bodies again and do away with death. Once and for all, the same Jesus who conquered the grave will come again to rob our graves for good. He will make all things new, and all of the sad things will come undone. Jesus will wipe away every tear, and there will be no death, no mourning, no crying, nor pain--because the former things will have passed away. We will live eternal lives in an eternal reality of wholeness and healing. And the best part is that God Himself will be King once again.

Now, this calls for celebrating, but it is also deeply sobering.

There will be a bodily resurrection for everyone either to eternal salvation or condemnation. Either eternity in Heaven or eternity in Hell. And this is urgent because we don’t know when Jesus is coming, but only that Jesus is “coming soon.”

Right now, we are already citizens of that eternal Kingdom called to a world that is in dire need of the message of Jesus. The Holy Spirit Saves saves and we are sent. So we will rise up and saturate our city with the Gospel.

Matthew 24:14, Matthew 24:42, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:6-7, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Philippians 3:20, Colossians 3:4, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 9:28, Revelation 11:15, Revelation 16:15, Revelation 21:1-8, Revelation 22:1-5 Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12

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