Facing Death by Jeanne Chatman
There is one fact that is 100% certain, and it is that every one of us will face death. Although our bodies are a masterpiece of intricate, wondrous creation, they are only temporal. Accidents, disease, old age or even murder will eliminate the life of our bodies. What will happen to us when our bodies die? To answer that question, we have to understand who we really are. There is more to our personage than just the physical body that we see before us. We are actually a spiritual being clothed with a fleshly temporary body, which was designed to live on this earth for a short period of time.
Our Great Creator God tells us in the guidebook He provided for us, the Holy Bible, about the truth of our creation. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) God is life and the Creator of all life. Life comes from life, not from a rock like evolutionists claim. The life of mankind came from the life of God. God breathed into man His own breathe of life. Mankind is special in that our existence came from a part of God. We were not just created, but the breath of God gave us life as a living soul. Human beings did not evolve from an ape, as evolutionists theorize from their unproven assumptions. Mankind was created in the image of God, not in the image of an animal. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27) God did not breath His breath of life into the animals. He gave them life, but not as living souls. Animals are wonderful creations, but they cannot have a spiritual life with God, and they are not created in the image of God. Only mankind can communicate with God through prayer and have fellowship with Him.
Understanding that we fleshly human beings are actually spiritual beings is very important to our realization of life after death. The Bible records in I Corinthians 15:55, 57: “O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory…..But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus, the Son of God, died for our sins. He had no sins, but took our sins as His own and died in our place. He allowed cruel men to crucify Him. Then He conquered Satan, death, and hell by raising from the dead. Adam, the first man, brought sin and death into the world by his disobedience and rejection of God, but Jesus Christ brought eternal life to mankind through His resurrection from the dead. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (I Corinthians 15:22)
What can we expect when we die? If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, then we have chosen to be His follower. True repentance of sin and belief in Christ’s resurrection brings eternal life to us. We will be like Christ when our spiritual body leaves our fleshly body. Our spiritual body is our true person without sin, without the ravages of age or disease. When Jesus resurrected from the dead, He was not a ghost or apparition floating around scaring people. Jesus looked like Himself in His perfect state. He was recognized by His followers, and He stayed with them for 40 days before ascending into Heaven. He walked and talked with them. Jesus prepared them to minister to the people and spread the gospel of salvation throughout the world. There were over 500 eyewitnesses to the resurrected Christ. ( I Corinthians 15:5&6) Our spiritual body is visible and functional, just like Christ’s resurrected body. We will be perfect, live eternally in glorious happiness with our God, and have endless delights and joy. We have a lot to look forward to, and we will be with our loved ones who have also chosen to be followers of the Lord.