In this month’s article, I’m writing about the link between Easter and life after death. We celebrate Easter for many reasons, one of which is because it has granted us life after death.
After being killed on Good Friday, Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and he will die no more. Because of his resurrection and a consequence of it, we believe we too will have life beyond our death. I imagine it’s like there was a road block and we were unable to pass through to the other side but at Jesus’ resurrection, he did break through to the other side and so we are able to pass there too.
Jesus did speak beforehand of his resurrection and the promise that we too will have life after death. I thought I’d share with you three of the many sayings in the Bible where Jesus does talk about this.
Eternal life - Jesus promised that his followers would have eternal life.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies".
Jesus' life as the reason why we do have eternal life - God sent Jesus to Earth in order that humans could overcome death and have eternal life.
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Resurrection of the body - when Jesus rose from the dead he rose with a body. St Paul teaches in the Bible that people will have resurrection bodies like that of Jesus:
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44
What are your views about whether there is both heaven and hell? I do think that we have free choice; God has given us a free will, and therefore there has to be a choice. God can’t make anyone go to heaven if they choose not to. But it is also my belief when people see God and God’s glory, they will believe as in the cartoon above. Or is the cartoon suggesting he’s just saying “was” because he doesn’t want to go to the other place!
Thank you, David Hayward at nakedpastor.com for allowing us to use this cartoon free of charge.
- Revd. Jan Ashton
Vicar of Hightown, Liverpool