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ANSWERING LIFE’S BIGGEST QUESTIONS

Part 6 – What Happens After I Die?
Ecclesiastes 7, 9

February 17, 2019
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

Ecclesiastes 7:4  A wise person thinks about death.

Ecclesiastes 7:3  Sorrow is better than laughter, it may sadden your face but it sharpens your understanding.

 

1. THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT WAYS TO LOOK AT DEATH THAT WILL AFFECT OUR ATTITUDE ABOUT LIFE.

A. The view of death from mere human observation.

1. From human observation, death is inescapable.

Ecclesiastes 2:16  We must all die – wise and foolish alike.

2. From human observation, death is the end of life.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6  The dead know nothing… their loves, their hates, their passions [all the things that happened to them on this earth] all died with them.

3. From human observation, the idea of death is depressing.   

Ecclesiastes 9:5  The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. (NLT)

B. The view of death from God’s perspective.

1. God has told us that there is more to life than what we see.

2. Solomon knew there was a forever with God.

a. Ecclesiastes 3:11  God has set eternity in the hearts of people…

b. Solomon knew there is an eternity and those who trust in God will have that eternity with God, but he was in the dark about a lot of the details.

 

2. JESUS TOLD US THAT AFTER DEATH, WE WILL ENCOUNTER GOD PERSONALLY.

A. Jesus talked about a time of judgment all of us will experience with God.

1. Matthew 25:31-32, 34, 41, 46  When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another…  Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’  Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’  Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.  (Jesus)

2. Hebrews 9:27  It’s given to man once to die and after that the judgment

3. 2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

B. Jesus describes the place called hell.  Jesus described hell as a place of physical, emotional, spiritual and relational suffering.  (Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20; 11-15; Revelation14:9-11)

C. Jesus urged us to choose heaven.

1. I Corinthians 2:9  Eye has not seen and ear has not heard all that God prepared for those who love Him.

2. Heaven is God’s place where He has banished death, sin and sorrow.  Heaven is God’s place from where He reigns.

3. The Bible says we going to have a spiritual body in heaven.

4. Heaven will be a place where we are together in perfect love for each other.

D. How can we make the choice of heaven?

1. Romans 10:9  If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

2. Ephesians 2:8-9  God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  (NLT2)

3. How do we get ready for death?

a. Make a decision to accept Jesus as your Savior.

b. Live a life of investment in eternity.

1. Ecclesiastes 11:7-8  It is a wonderful thing to be alive.  If a person lives to be very old let him rejoice in everyday of life, but let him also remember that eternity is far longer and that everything down here is futile in comparison.

2. Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Action Steps …

  • Immediately after this service, I will go to the Next Step Center and talk with a minister about how I can know God personally.
  • As a Christ follower, I will live my life preparing for the judgement day I will have before God.
  • I will live a life of investment in eternity through steps of love and kindness toward God and others.