Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

There’s more to life than our physical reality. This becomes apparent as we age. Our souls inside of us somehow know that our bodies are a temporary haven. So when our bodies give out the question emerges: where do we go from here?

The secret lies with Jesus. Life revolves around Christ. He was there at the dawn of creation when the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Since He helped build the universe Jesus knows the mechanics of life intimately. He lived in His own created universe when He became a man. The Son of God knows what it means to live life as a human – He literally walked in our shoes.

Humanly speaking, our connection to heaven is complicated. Lots of things get in our way. Heaven can be both close and a million miles away. It really depends on our hearts – are they open or clouded with fear, rage, and sadness? Human emotions have the potency to drown out heaven.

The physical reality of life on Earth can be both overwhelming and mind-numbing. Jesus knows it all too well. He lived here. His address was in Israel during a time period of extreme political unrest. And he ended up being executed by the political system of His day.

Life is tied to love, and love is tied to God. Jesus lived a life of love. He could not be killed because the love of God cannot be extinguished.

Our bodily functions will terminate at some point, nevertheless, our love continues. If we have been close to Jesus during our lifetime, we will grow even closer to Him in heaven. Dying will be gain when we get to meet the Lord in person.

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