For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its tender branch will not cease. Though its root becomes old in the earth, and its stump dies in the dust, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. But man dies and is cut off; and man expires, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and a river falls away and dries up, so man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be awakened out of their sleep. Job 14:7-12
Not so long ago a supplement from a Sunday newspaper came with a question to some of the local celebs: “What happens after death?” The question was most probably asked by the journalist as a pointer for herself to find out what people think. Of those asked, some would simply avoid the question by making jokes. Others expressed the hope for something good or better. Some answered a bit like Job did, not knowing, exactly….but hoping….One does expect that people who do not confess that Jesus is the resurrected Son of God actually would answer the question more or less the same as Job did.
Why did Job not confess positively that there is a resurrection from death? One must consider that the people living before Christ did not yet know of the resurrection of Christ. Life before Christ is different to life after Christ. Job was still searching and hoping. But the answer as to what happens to people after death could only become evident after Christ’s own choice in Gethsemane to go to the cross and lay down His life as a sacrifice for us all.
We read in Genesis how earth became a place of impermanence after man rebelled against God. In fact, it seems the whole universe was affected, e.g. it is common scientific knowledge now that not even the sun will shine forever. Reading carefully through the book of Job and all the other prophets of the old testament, you will find that God did speak through the people about His grace, to say that this impermanence will not last forever. Then, in the New Testament we learn that the Spirit of God, which is Jesus, came to live in all of us making eternity a fact of life. Observe what Jesus says to Martha:
Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now, whatever You will ask of God, God will give You. Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again. Martha said to Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world. John 11:21-27
AFTER DEATH THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS
Once you realize that you have the Spirit of God in you, the unthinkable happens. With Christ in us, we live forever!!
Note that :
… the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. And the earth and the works in it will be burned up.
But according to His promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3: 10 & 13)
You see? It does not matter how much time passed before you were born or how much time will pass again after you have died, [or after the world has ended], as that time does not really exist [for you/ us].
Our Father, who was able to make our vast Universe, with all its contents and all its complexities, most surely will also be make a New Heaven and a New Earth, as He has promised us.
I sometimes wondered if Jesus (God) would have enough place for all those that live, lived and had faith, – faith is the key – but Jesus simply answered and said that there are many mansions. (John 14:2)
Isn’t that amazing?
It is unthinkable….but true!