What Happens When We Die?

Most of us have experienced the pain of losing a loved one. It is very painful to say goodbye to someone you have loved and shared special moments with. It is even more painful to see the deterioration of the body of the person who died.
If it is someone who has dealt with a long illness, you have watched as they slowly lost weight and strength. My Dad was like that. When Daddy was in his prime, he was a bull of a man. He was so much of a bull that some who knew him referred to him as “Big Rob.” But when Daddy died, he had lost a lot of weight due to Parkinson’s.
Some of you have watched a Parent or a spouse or a sibling or a friend suffer from a long-term illness. Dying is tough enough but the pain associated with it is tough as well. But, one of the promises we have as Christians is that when we die, we give up our old bodies in order to get a body that is suitable for heaven.
Paul said in II Corinthians, “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands” (II Corinthians 5:1). Paul referred to our body as an earthly tent.
So, one of the promises we have as a Christian is that when a loved one dies, they are leaving their old body… their earthly tent… aside and they are given a new body. When you walk by a coffin and view the body, that body is just a shell. If the person who died is a Christian, the moment they drew their final breath, their soul went to be with the Lord.
So, if you have had a loved one pass… hang on to this promise… your loved one is setting aside their old tent.. to gain a new body for heaven.
This is summed up in a old poem I read some time ago;
“Here lies the body of old man peas,
Beneath the daisies and the trees.
But Peas ain’t here, only the pod.
Peas shucked out and went to God.”

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