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.

1 John 4:10: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

What is love? And the answer is: God is love.

It is easy to forget who takes center stage, especially when that someone is invisible to the naked eye. – And yet, everything we see comes from the invisible God. He endowed creation with the ability to procreate; and so life spread out, growing in leaps and bounds.

God knows no beginning and no end; He was here first and logically, so was His love. Like a candle lights another candle, He lit up the world with life and love. When the first sin was committed death entered creation. The effects of sin are devastating to the entire universe because it destroys what God made. Nature suffers. People suffer. Something had to be done; and just like that an epic battle began.

Jesus died on the cross to atone for all sins. And by doing so He conquered death. The tombstone was rolled away when He emerged victoriously from the grave on Easter morning. His resurrection changed everything.

The Lord’s future victory celebration is depicted in the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 25:6-8a):

“6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
    a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
    the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
    the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8     he will swallow up death forever.”

Ironically, death itself will be terminated. This is an amazing piece of information to think about. There will be an actual time, a point in history when death is forever gone. The shroud that covers all people will be removed and we will see the Lord in His glory.

Although Jesus atoned for our sins once and for all, death still rules this planet; but despite its ongoing devastation, death is like a mortally wounded warrior. When we get discouraged we need to remember the end of God’s story. Sin kills, but love wins.