Death — and after?

“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

“When you are dead, you are really dead, and no-one has ever returned to say what it is like on the other side.”

This assertion is utterly false! Α man was once nailed to a cross where he died. Those who supervised the execution confirmed that he was dead. One of his executioners pierced his side with a spear; the crucified man was indeed dead. The Roman governor gave permission for him to be buried and, to ensure security, had the entrance to the tomb sealed with a large rock. Soldiers stood guard outside.

The man was, of course, Jesus. But three days later, on Sunday morning, the earth quaked, an angel appeared and rolled away the stone: the tomb was empty. Where was the body of Jesus? Had it been stolen?

Νο ! Jesus had returned to life, God had raised Him again. Death had no power to retain Him. He is alive, even today! His dis­ciples found this difficult to believe, even when they saw His shroud and the napkin lying there neatly arranged. However, they no longer doubted when Jesus appeared among them. They spoke to Him, touched Him and ate with Him. What joy for them! Over five hundred persons saw Him during the forty days He remained on earth before His ascen­sion to heaven. They were all witnesses of the fact that Jesus had conquered death. He had truly returned from the domain of the dead.

One day, as the Bible affirms, all the dead will be resurrected, either to dwell with God or be lost far from Him. Believing in Jesus Christ or not will decide the difference.