Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
“What happens when people die?” This is a common question because we want to know what, if anything, waits for us after we breathe our last. There are cultures and religions that preach that nothing happens to us when we die. They say we just cease to exist. What does the Bible really say about this question?
Paul sheds some light on this issue in 2 Corinthians 5. Here, Paul answers our question with one memorable phrase, “. . . we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” As believers, we are either in one place or the other: in our bodies or with the Lord. Paul is saying that this proves there is life after death.
In terms of the end times, we are going to experience them in the presence of the Lord. How would this affect you? Paul is very clear when he said that, at the point of death, our bodies and our spirits are separate and believers will immediately be in the presence of God. There is no “waiting room”; after we die, there is no chance to take back our rejection of God. We die and then we are judged by God Himself.
If you have not trusted Jesus to be your Savior, know this: time is running out. Mark 13:32 says that we do not know the day or the hour in which Jesus will return and take us up. When we are taken from our bodies, we are immediately in the presence of God. Are you ready for that? If you were to die today, what would you say to God? When He asks you, “Why should I let you into my kingdom?” how are you going to respond?
But there is hope for us all! Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we are able to confidently answer, “I don’t deserve to be a part of your kingdom, but, because I believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection for my sins, my sin has been forgiven.” Do you believe that? Are you ready to proclaim it?