If it's true . . .
If it’s true that Jesus rescued us from the punishment of our sin, then He has brought us into a relationship with God that will go on and on forever.
And so Paul’s words that death is “better by far” (Philippians 1.23) really are true.
Death ushers us face to face with Jesus! And the new heavens and new earth He will create for us to enjoy with Him will be beyond our craziest dreams! All our fears, all our doubts, all our worries will vanish as we see Him! And every day will be better by far than the day before!
CS Lewis, in The Last Battle, the conclusion of his Chronicles of Narnia, paints the scene of heaven (Narnia) with Jesus (Aslan):
"You do not yet look happy as I mean you to be," said Aslan.
Lucy said, "We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often."
"No fear of that," said Aslan. "Have you not guessed?”
Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them.
"There was a real railway accident," said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are–as you used to call it in the Shadow-Lands–dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning."
And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
If it’s true--and it is:
1. How should you face difficult stuff in your life?
2. What are some ways you can comfort those who have lost believing loved ones?
3. Speak more hopefully and boldly (it's true-hell really isn't better every day!) with those who haven’t yet responded to Jesus’ offer of rescue. Ask God to move your heart toward them with His love.