There are people who don’t believe in life after death. They say, “When you’re dead, you’re dead, and that’s all there is to it!” You might ask them how they know. They might ask you how you know otherwise. I would answer, “Because of Christmas.” Christmas is a celebration of the truth that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Why would Christ leave the glories of heaven for the miseries of life if there was no life after death to gain for us? Why would the omnipotent God become a helpless baby in a manger if there was no life after death to gain for us? Why would God become man to die for sinners if there was no life after death to be gained for them? Beside that, Jesus on the night He was betrayed, told His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). What else makes life truly worthwhile? God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
John 11:25-26 (ESV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
“Life here is not worth living if there is not another…. The highest importance and nobleness of the life that now is, lie in its being preparation or apprenticeship for the greater future.” [Alexander Maclaren, Expositions of Holy Scripture I, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, n.d.), p. 309]