All Souls Day: What ‘s Beautiful About the Afterlife?
We remember our dearly departed ones. We reflect. We pray. Many of us visit the grave or cemetery. It’s a solemn holiday.
It’s because we associate it with forever losing a loved one. And, we may think of it happening to ourselves too ... sooner or later.
“Death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart,” says the writer of Ecclesiastes (7:2).
We’re not meant to live here permanently. We are all just passing through.
Yet ... can you see a beautiful side hidden behind that reality?
Death has a beautiful side. That is, if you’re a believer.
Author Dr. Calvin Miller writes:
“As God views death, it is not final. It is rather the great transcendence, and the whole issue of our worth to God.”
A believer is one with a saving personal relationship with Jesus. When he or she dies, he/she gains. A multitude of blessings, unimaginable.
Jesus promised this beautiful side of death when He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25).
The death of a believer is just a beginning. It doesn’t mean going out of existence. Jesus gives the believer a perfect resurrected body to live with him forever in heaven.
Revelation 21:4 says, “And God will wipe away every tear in their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Is death beautiful to you? If you’re a believer, it is.