Through Jesus Christ, death has come to mean something entirely different than its original conception. In the ancient world, it was something to be feared because it meant the end of conscious, visible existence. It meant sleep below in Sheol (Hades). Jesus eliminated Sheol and made heaven the destination of all those who pass from this earth.
Therefore, death is a graduation to heaven. This requires a completely different mindset on our part. Graduations require preparation. If you don’t do the work required, you don’t have as happy a graduation. On the other hand, if you work hard, you can graduate with honors.
For this reason, Jesus said that we should not work for the food that perishes (John 6:27). For reason He also said we should forsake greed and seek to be rich toward God (Luke 12:15-21). For this reason He also said we should seek to store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth (Luke 12:33).
Many people are going to get to heaven and be full of regret for how they lived on earth (Luke 16:14-31). Don’t let that happen to you. Prepare for graduation!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.