Destination Following Death - Rev 21:4; John 8:21
September 22, 2023, 8:04 AM


Rev. 21:4  “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."   

John 8:21 “Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."   

"Death," said Billy Graham, "hangs over our heads from the cradle to the grave. It stalks the little child, it plagues the youth, it hovers over us in middle age, it haunts us in old age, and it catches up with us in the end."     

Dr. Graham reminded us Houdini with his magic tricks couldn't escape it. Edison with his mind couldn't evade it. Rockefeller with his millions couldn't elude it. Alexander the Great with his militancy couldn't eliminate it. Paul the apostle with his morality couldn't expel it.   

In Lansing, Michigan, businessman Harry Cove won the title of "the world's most revived man." He had 172 heart attacks, and the Lansing fire department raced to his home 172 times and revived him. He boasted that he cheated death 172 times. But one day he died, and some day you'll die!  

"Words can't express the horror of such a plight," (for the unbeliever) said Dr. Robert G. Lee. "It means that the unbelieving man is lost, not for one day, but forever. Terrible the plight of the blind - in a world of light and colors; of the deaf in a world with voices and musical instruments; of the dumb who would speak but can't; of the crippled and maimed who can't walk; of lost health, lost honor, lost character! Terrible the plight of those who starve in lands of famine; of prisoners who live behind prison bars; of those born without minds, or who have lost their minds. But no plight of body or mind is as awful as your plight if you refuse Christ."  

Prov 11:7 “When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power comes to nothing.” Yet, Jesus said to his followers, "In my Father's house are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you. And since I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."   

An atheist said to Dr. Walter Wilson, "I believe that death ends all."   

"So do I," he answered. "Death ends all your joy; death ends all the gospel you'll ever hear; and you go out into outer darkness."   

But the Christian doctor added, "Death ends all my tears, all my perplexities, all my disappointments, all my aches and pains, and I go to be with the Lord."  

Meditate on this:  How does one prepare for heaven? By believing. The Bible says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved."  

Prayer:   Dear Jesus, I believe, help thou my unbelief.  I pray with your disciples, increase my faith.