What happens after death?

Bible Verses: Psalm 23:4-6, 31:9-10, 46:1-3,7; Romans 8:38-39; Philippians 1:21-23; Psalm 39:4-5; I Peter 1:3-5, 5:7; Psalm 55:22; Matthew 11:28-30; John 11:25-26, 33-36; Isaiah 25:8

Core Verse: Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Understanding Death:

Death comes to all of us whether we like it or not (James 4:14). It is always hard when someone we love leaves this earth. For the born again Christian, death is nothing to be feared. Physical death is what brings us to our Savior, Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:6-8). Physical death also permanently separates nonbelievers from a loving God. There is no second chance. For those who are going through a loss, there are a few verses that I hope bring comfort to you. Romans 8:38-39 talk about how there is absolutely NOTHING that can separate His children from His love, not even death. Romans 5:1-5 shows us how the trials that we go through (the death of someone close) works itself out so that we can have hope, more specifically a “hope that does not disappoint”. This hope is what gets us through. Thought the help of the Holy Spirit, this hope ensures us that even though we are struggling, we can rest secure knowing that our God is in control and loves us (Psalm 39:4-5). I have found that these verses start helping when you repeat them over and over. Read it until you believe it. In times of hardship you almost have to force yourself to remember the truths of God’s Word. When you get through it (and you will get through it) you will be glad to know that you trusted in the truth of God’s Word rather than the lies of the world.

I’ll end with the words of Jesus that are probably familiar. When you don’t know what to do, when you feel like all hope seems lost, when you are overcome with grief, remember…”Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Other Resources on Death: “How Can I Live With My Loss?” by Tim Jackson (Pamphelet, RBC Ministries),