Presentation on theme: "What Happens When We Die?"— Presentation transcript:
1 What Happens When We Die? Hebrews 9:27-28 (NLT)And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with our sins again. This time he will bring salvation to all those who are eagerly waiting for him.
2 Facing Death Every day we see death all around us Pastors face death and dying more often than they would likeFunerals, ministering to the sick who wonder if they are about to die, and helping families through their time of crisisSurprises? - The lack of preparation most Christians make for dyingHow can we prepare to face death?We need a biblical view of deathWe get God’s perspective on death by studying the Scriptures
3 The Basic Questions of Life All people ask it at some point in their lives“Is there a God?”Yes!“Is the Bible reliable and true?”“How did we get here?”God put us here!“Why are we here?”To glorify God!“What Happens When We Die?”It depends
4 “What Happens When We Die?” An important questionBecause death is something we all eventually faceThe Statistics out of 100 people will eventually die!The Bible says it this way:“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”
5 Death Is No Respecter of Persons It strikesthe old and the youngthe sick and the healthythe poor and the richthe good and the badIt is coming, we just do not know the day or time!
6 Two Things Are Certain“There are only two things certain in life: death and taxes”Death is more certain than taxes!A clever man can find ways to evade taxes, but no one evades death!When your time is up, it’s upDeath can be postponed, but never eliminatedWe all have an appointment with deathSomeday I will die, and those I love will die, and nothing can change this solemn factSo what happens when we die?Let’s begin by talking about what WILL NOT happen when we die
7 Misconceptions about Death Some people say that death is the end of existenceThey say that when you die, you simply cease to existThe Bible says there is an existence after deathHebrews 9:27 – Judgment comes after deathGenesis 25:7-8 – Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in deathLuke 16:23-26 – Rich man and LazarusJohn 14:1-3 – Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house!
8 Misconceptions about Death Some people say that when a person dies, they are “reincarnated” into something or someone elseDiscovery Channel, 16th Century English PrinceBuilt a luxurious and expensive horse stableHe was convinced he would be reincarnated AS A HORSE!Reincarnation is nothing more than a fairy taleThe Bible says“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment - Hebrews 9:27
9 Misconceptions about Death Some people say that there is a “second chance” after deathThey say that if a person says “No” to Jesus in this life, then they’ll be given another chance in the life to comeWishful thinkingThe Bible saysHebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”We get one run at life and then we face the judgment of God after we dieThe only opportunity we will ever have to get right with God is the opportunity God gives us in this lifeThere is NO second chance after death
10 The Moment of Death Death is a part of life All of us are slowly dying The moment we begin to live, we begin to dieFrancis Schaeffer“Life is like a clock. But there are no hands showing on the face of the clock. You can hear the sound of ticking but you never know when it is going to strike midnight.”1 Peter 1:24 - “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall”Psalm 144:4 - “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow”
11 The Moment of Death Death is a separation When you die your body and soul will separateYour body will remain here on earth where you family and friends will bury it and “lay it to rest”But what about your soul?Where your soul goes depends on whether you are saved or lost
12 Death of a Saved PersonThe Bible teaches that Christians will be with Jesus the instant they dieActs 7:59 - As Stephen was being stoned he looked up and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”2 Corinthians 5:8 - The Apostle Paul even longed for death because he knew it would usher Him into Jesus’ presence: “We . . . would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord”Luke 23:43 - Jesus promised the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with me in paradise”
13 Death of a Saved PersonClarence McCartney preached a sermon in which he held an interview with the thief who died alongside JesusThe last question - “And what is best of all there, Thief? Sum it all up for me, if you can, in a single word.”The thief replied, “The best of all is Jesus. To be in Heaven is to be with Him. That is what He told me in that dark and fearful hour on the cross — ‘Today you shall be with me in paradise.’ I can tell you nothing more wonderful about Heaven than that. You will be with Christ.”John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
14 Death of a Saved Person The rest of the story! The souls of departed believers will wait in Heaven with Jesus until the Second ComingThen they will return with Jesus and be reunited with their resurrected bodies - 1 Thessalonians 4:14-161 Corinthians 15:51-55 adds that our resurrected bodies will be “imperishable”
15 Imperishable Bodies! They will be perfect in every way They will never wear outThey will never suffer injuryThey will never get sickThey will never grow oldThey will never dieThey will be imperishable!
16 For the Believer Death is not the end but the beginning John 6:47 - “I tell you the truth. He who believes has everlasting life”Faith sees beyond death and grasps God’s promise of eternal lifeDeath is necessary - It is a door to HeavenHeaven is where there is fullness of joy:the joy of perfect holinessthe joy of perfected praisethe joy of reunion with loved ones who have gone on before usthe joy of new friendshipsthe joy of guiltlessness
17 Death of a Lost PersonAt death a lost person’s soul go straight to hellDeath is a part of life, but it is also an unnatural intrusion into lifeBefore the Fall, death did not existWe were not created to die; we were created to live forever with God!Death is an interruption of what we were originally intended to experience
18 Death of a Lost Person Death is a result of sin Romans 6:23 - “For the wages of sin is death”Romans 5:12 - “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”We die because we are sinners
19 Death of a Lost Person If a person is lost That is, he (or she) hasn’t accepted Jesus as Savior and LordHe doesn’t have a personal relationship with GodThen his soul will go straight to Hell where he will be separated from Jesus forever2 Thessalonians 1:9 – “They will be punished with everlasting destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power”
20 Three Words Translated “Hell” Tartarus - 2 Peter 2:4Where the most vile and wicked demons are imprisonedHades - Luke 16:22-24Where a lost person’s soul is sent when they pass from this lifeNotice that the Rich Man was alert, in agony, and all aloneHades is like a temporary holding cell in which criminals are held until they are sentenced.The Bible tells us that Hades will be emptied out just before the Great White Throne Judgment - Revelation 20:13The lost of the earth will be judged and sentenced to . . .
21 Three Words Translated “Hell” TartarusHadesGehennaThe final place of punishmentFor those who never experienced the love and forgiveness of God made available through the crossMark 9:43-48And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire — where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched’A terrible, terrible place for sinners
22 The Best Way to Meet Death Give your heart and life to Jesus by accepting His gift of salvationJohn 11:25-26, Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?”Jesus Christ promises victory over death to everyone who believes in Him!
23 The Best Way to Meet Death Give your heart and life to Jesus by accepting His gift of salvationGet your affairs in order – 2 Kings 20:1About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the LORD says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness”Get your affairs in orderMake your will if you haven’t alreadyPay off your debts, or at least make arrangements to do soGather all your important papers, label them, and tell someone where they areYour goal is that your loved ones will find your affairs in order should you pass on to the life to come
24 The Best Way to Meet Death Give your heart and life to Jesus by accepting His gift of salvationGet your affairs in order – 2 Kings 20:1Live for Jesus - Philippians 2:21You can’t say “To die is gain” until you can say “To live is Christ”Jesus gives you and meEvery reason not to fear deathEvery reason to embrace and enjoy lifeSo live for Jesus every single day of your life
25 The Best Way to Meet Death Give your heart and life to Jesus by accepting His gift of salvationGet your affairs in order – 2 Kings 20:1Live for Jesus - Philippians 2:21Don’t take one single day for granted – James 4:14-16How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
26 The Gift of LifeLife is a precious, precious gift, so don’t waste one single dayIf you’re holding any grudges, let them goIf you’re living in sin, stop doing what’s wrong and start doing what’s rightIf you’re not as close to Jesus as you ought to be, then get as close to Him as you possibly canLife is too short to wasteDon’t waste it on foolishness, selfishness, or sinful livingGet as close as you can to Jesus and you will enjoy life and fulfill your purpose for being here
27 The Gift of Life Are you ready? If you are, then to stay as close as you can to JesusIf you’re not, then trust Christ, set your affairs in order, live for Jesus, and don’t take one day for granted