Sometimes I sense that we believers like to shy away from “difficult to talk about” subject matter.
The cremation of our bodies at death is a sensitive subject and that’s why I want to discuss it in more detail.
My guess is that all of you reading this blog have thought about this topic sometime or another. My guess is that a loved one in your family has been cremated.
My guess is that many of you pass this subject off as, “It doesn’t matter what happens to our bodies after we die. It’s not worth discussing.” In fact, you may not read this blog. This blog isn’t about passing judgment, or making people feel guilty.
“After all, all of us die and most don’t have a say in how they die. Some die unrecognizable in a fire, some are lost at sea, some are eaten by a shark (pleasant thought), some are obliterated in a rocket explosion, or a jet airliner crash.” Continue reading
The Crucifixion begins– Just prior to his crucifixion, Jesus was offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic mixture, and he refused it (Mark 15:23, John 19:39).
Do you remember what mankind offered Jesus at his birth as gifts through the magi? Out of their treasures, they offered him gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11). There are specific reasons that these gifts were chosen: God rejects the best of mankind and offers his Son! Continue reading
This blog is follow up of Part I on Jesus’ suffering before and during the crucifixion.
After Jesus’ arrest– when He was brought before Caiphus, the High Priest, a soldier struck Jesus in the face for remaining silent. The guards then blindfolded Him and mockingly taunted Him, insulted Him, spat on Him, and repeatedly beat Him (Luke 22:63).
Jesus stands trial before Pontius Pilate– in the early morning, Jesus, who is battered, bruised, dehydrated, and exhausted from a sleepless night, is taken across Jerusalem to see Pilate, and then Herod Antipas. Pilate tried to release Jesus after his scourging and flogging (Matthew 27:26, Mark 10:34), but the unruly crowd wouldn’t accept that. They wanted to crucify Jesus. Continue reading
The Tau cross of the crucifixion
Introduction– in this three-part look at Jesus’ crucifixion, the medical aspects of Jesus’s suffering will be reviewed. Only 100 verses in the New Testament Gospels address the passion of Christ (read Matthew 27:26-56, Mark 15:15-41, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37), that is, his physical suffering. I will warn you ahead of time of some of the gruesome pictures that you will see. Continue reading
Let’s understand what the Bible teaches about where our souls go for most of existence. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has put the concept of eternity into the hearts of all people. “He has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world that can only be found in his perfect rule.”
Most of us today think of the afterlife as being Heaven or Hell. That is correct. For someone who says, our souls are “obliterated,” guess again. Reincarnation? Becoming a woodpecker in the next life? Guess again.
The Bible mentions Heaven and Paradise. Are they the same thing?
The Bible mentions Hell, Sheol, and Hades. Are they the same? Certainly there is confusion among believers today.
Let’s get these terms straightened out; first we will start with Sheol, Hades, and Hell. Continue reading
Only the promises of the Bible can fill us with absolute HOPE for our lives after death.
This is Part II on Death and Dying.
Christians can and should have no fear of death– 1 Corinthians 3:22 Paul says that, “All things are ours,- the world or life or death, or the present or the future, and we are in Christ, and Christ is of God.” Believers can use life well because they understand its true purpose. Death holds no terrors because Christ has conquered all fears. Death is only the beginning of eternal life with God.
In fact, even the disciples who lived the Son of Man for several years were fearful of their separation from Jesus at his earthly death and they wanted to know what eternal life was. They were perplexed and confused. Continue reading