What happens when we die? Everyone wonders about this question at some point. Some settle it with, “We end up in a box, and that’s the end of it.” But the majority of people believe there is an afterlife. Most people have a vague notion of a heaven. Many people think they are going to heaven without having investigated what it might take to get there.
Jesus talked a lot about what the Kingdom of God is like, both on earth and in heaven. According to Jesus, all are welcome. But few will get there. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14. To His followers, He promised eternity with God the Father.
John 14:19 reads, “Because I live, you will live also.” When we die, we do not end up in a box. There is life beyond death. We don’t come back as an insect or some other animal. We keep going. We keep our lessons, we keep our love of good. Our good works unto God live on after us on earth. God evaluates all our works in heaven. All that is not done unto God gets forgotten and eventually wisps away. But what we invested in others lives on. What we talked about that honors God lives on in this eternal book. “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.” Malachi 3:16. The prayers (not just wishes) we prayed are still being answered. We plant, but God makes things grow. 1 Cor 3:7.
People miss loved ones when they die. We feel sad. The hope remains that we will see them again. The angel came and confronted Mary Magdalene after Jesus was murdered, “Do not fear. He is not here. He is risen and alive.” Matthew 28:5 Since Jesus lives, we do too. Jesus told one of the two men hanging on crosses next to his that he would be with Jesus in heaven that day. “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 This is our hope. This is our confidence. We live on, in heaven, with Jesus.