by Pastor Greg Laurie
December 23, 2003
“These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed.” (1 Corinthians 15:50-51)
Historian Will Durant, when he reached the age of 70, said, “To live forever would be the greatest curse imaginable.”
Will we live forever? The answer is “yes” and “no.” Will our bodies live forever? No. Will our bodies cease to exist at one point? Absolutely. But the soul is immortal. Every one of us has a soul. It is the soul that gives each of us uniqueness and personality. That part of us will live forever.
Today, many people are searching after immortality, that elusive fountain of youth. Sometimes it is hard for us to accept the fact that life is passing and that death is approaching. One day, you will wake up and realize you have more life behind you than you have in front of you. But the question we should be asking is not, “Can I find immorality?” Rather, it should be, “Where will I spend my immortality?”
If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and have asked Him to forgive you of your sin, the Bible teaches that when you die, you will go immediately into the presence of God in heaven. That is God’s promise to you.
But God not only promises life beyond the grave. He also promises life during life, not just an existence, but a life that is worth living. Jesus said, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).
That is the hope and promise for all Christians. That is why the believer does not have to be afraid to die. Or afraid to live.
Copyright © 2003 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.