“But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB. Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” Luke 20:37-38
What would it be like to not believe in an afterlife? To Believe that when you die that is it? Not to believe that there is a resurrection of the soul to something greater (or worse)? It’s a belief held by many in this world. Maybe even religious people, such as the long now deceased Jewish sect of the Sadduccees, find themselves out of sorts with believing there’s something after this life. I find this lack of belief interesting yet scary.
With the different alternatives of no afterlife at all or any lesser explanations, I choose to place my hope in the God of Abraham. What a way to live and find meaning in life striving for an eternal home of comfort with the God of Isaac. This life can be so messed up with sin and suffering, yet my mortal death will mark the end of all this pain and will be the beginning of a tear-free immortal life with the God of Jacob. There I will be raised like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob praising not the God of the dead, but of the living. Who wants to go with me?
You are not the God of the dead, but of the living, my LORD. How wonderful it is to live a life of hope knowing that one day I will dwell in a place where all will be peace and love. My death is not the end, but the beginning of a beautiful eternity; and it is Jesus who has made this possible. Thank you that there will be an end to all sin and suffering through Christ Jesus. I live to serve Him as I live to be fully pleasing to You to be raised in the afterlife. Amen.
Truth in love,