You will be freed to the joy of life where there are no more fears, no more tears, no more hate, no more bloodshed, because you will be with the One who has already shed his blood for you, where love is supreme, grace abounds, and the consummate joy is of the soul. The smile of God awaits you: “Well done.”
“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for them that love him,” 1 Corinthians 2:9 promises. Your eyes will now see and your hands will now touch that which is the only Real estate.
— Ravi Zacharias, written to Nabeel Qureshi prior to his death
Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will through the mediation of His blessed Son receive me though a sinner; there we shall meet to sing the new song and remain everlastingly happy, world without end.
— John Bunyan, quoted by Erwin Lutzer in One Minute After You Die, kindle location 2274
Death can steal nothing from a Christian. Health, wealth, and joy—all of these come in greater abundance when the spirit goes to God.
— Erwin Lutzer, from One Minute After You Die, kindle location 2170
Soon you will read in the papers that Moody is dead…. Don’t believe it … for in that moment I will be more alive than I have ever been.
— D. L. Moody, quoted by Erwin Lutzer in One Minute After You Die, kindle location 1048
One minute after we die, our minds, our memories, will be clearer than ever before. In chapter 2 we were reminded of Jesus’ story of the rich man who went to hades with his memory intact. He knew his family on earth, pleading, “I have five brothers.” Death does not change what we know; our personalities will just go on with the same information we have stored in our minds today. Continue reading
Donald Grey Barnhouse, on the way home from the funeral of his first wife, was trying to think of some way of comforting his children. Just then a huge moving van passed by their car and its shadow swept over them. Instantly, Barnhouse asked, “Children, would you rather be run over by a truck or by its shadow?” The children replied, “Of course we’d prefer the shadow!”
To which Barnhouse replied, “Two thousand years ago the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus … now only the shadow of death can run over us!”
— Erwin Lutzer, from One Minute After You Die, kindle location 884
When Corrie ten Boom was a girl, her first experience with death came after visiting the home of a neighbor who had just died. When she thought of the fact that her parents would die someday, her father comforted her by asking, “When I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket?”
“Just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. Just so your heavenly Father will give you exactly what you need when we die—He’ll give it to you just when you need it.”
— Erwin Lutzer, from One Minute After You Die, kindle location 859
It is difficult to fall asleep when you are not tired. Just so, those of us who enjoy good health, a fulfilling vocation, and a wholesome family life do not look forward to “falling asleep in Jesus.” But the day will come when it will no longer be our choice; we will have to obey our summons. If we should live long enough to be weary of life, falling asleep will be more inviting.
— Erwin Lutzer, from One Minute After You Die, kindle location 725
Funerals remind us that the implications of our world view could not be more serious and important.
— Craig Parton, from Religion on Trial, p. xv
Death can indeed make cowards of us all, but anticipating it can also move us to live the “examined life” that Socrates exhorted. By God’s grace, reflecting on our mortality can prompt us to recognize our moral failures, seek redemption and forgiveness, and cast ourselves on God’s mercy and grace. The triune God assures us that death isn’t the last word.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 2660