Today I will celebrate my Mother’s life with family and friends and we will lay her body to rest. At such a time I value these Scriptures which speak of the hope we have for life after death. Jesus says to those who trust Him:
Because I live, you also will live.
I am the Living One Who died.
Look, I am alive forever and ever!
And I hold the keys of death and the gave.
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.
And this, one of my favorite poems celebrating life after death:
What shall we be like when
We cast this earthly body and attain
What shall we be like then?
Ah, who shall say
What vast expansions shall be ours that day?
What transformations of this house of clay,
To fit the heavenly mansions and the light of day?
Ah, who shall say?
But this we know,–
We drop a seed into the ground,
A tiny, shapeless thing, shrivelled and dry,
And, in the fulness of its time, is seen
A form of peerless beauty, robed and crowned
Beyond the pride of any earthly queen,
Instinct with loveliness, and sweet and rare,
The perfect emblem of its Maker’s care.
This from a shrivelled seed?–
–Then may man hope indeed!
For man is but the seed of what he shall be.
When, in the fulness of his perfecting,
He drops the husk and cleaves his upward way,
Through earth’s retardings and the clinging clay,
Into the sunshine of God’s perfect day.
No fetters then! No bonds of time or space!
But powers as ample as the boundless grace
That suffered man, and death, and yet, in tenderness,
Set wide the door, and passed Himself before–
As He had promised–to prepare a place.
Yea, we may hope!
For we are seeds,
Dropped into earth for heavenly blossoming.
Perchance, when comes the time of harvesting,
His loving care
May find some use for even a humble tare.
We know not what we shall be–only this–
That we shall be made like Him–as He is.
– John Oxenham
Grateful today for the gift of eternal life through Christ, Who overcame the power of death.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
What about you – what are your favorite Scriptures or quotes about eternal life? Leave a comment below.