Life beyond the granite tombstone

DSCN5968You may have been wondering, but I am still alive. I just haven’t been blogging for awhile. More important things have been taking up my time, such as my son’s wedding last week in British Columbia.

Some day, however, I will be dead. I’ll be under a tombstone, providing nutrients for worms and soil bacteria. But as a Christian, I believe that my death will not be the end of my existence.

The Christian hope is for physical resurrection in a real body in a real physical realm—the New Earth. Just as Christ rose from the dead in glory with a real body—he ate real food and invited Thomas to touch his wounds—so also will we be given a new body that will be freed from the corruption that characterizes our current existence.

The biblical picture of the resurrection is not one of disembodied spirits floating in the clouds playing harps. This ethereal existence is what many people picture as “eternal life,” but it is not found in the Bible. The Bible does not portray us going up to “heaven” as much as it paints a picture of heaven coming down to Earth. At that point, God’s people will experience the oft-repeated Old Testament promise that “I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people” (Lev 26:12 ESV). I look forward to that day with joyful anticipation.


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. — John 11:25-26 ESV

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” — Revelation 21:1-5 ESV

Grace and Peace

2 thoughts on “Life beyond the granite tombstone

  1. In case anyone is wondering how the above post relates to the Earth’s geology I can say that it is very relevant. This present Earth will indeed be destroyed by its own internal heat that is being generated continually by radio active decay, This heat has become critical many times before resulting in a misshapen earth, global flooding by ocean water and numerous floods of molten basalt. All this will happen again shortly but God will recreate the surface again and create new animal and vegetable life again as He has done in the past. On this recreated Earth a mini planet called the New Jerusalem will soft land on the recreated Earth’s surface and it will be this recreated Earth with the New Jerusalem that will become the inheritance of all those who have faithfully believed and accepted the Lord of all Creation-Jesus Christ. This is the wonderful hope we have that makes the end of our existing life on Earth a joyful transition stage to the inheritance we have been promised.


  2. Dawson Lewis

    Amen brother Kevin, Amen. I was poorly dealing with some stress today. But reading your post helped me put things back in perspective. Thank you.


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