• Bishop Keith Butler

What Happens When We Die?

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. (Isaiah 40:6-8)

When I was about eight years old, I had a Doberman pinscher named Zsa Zsa. She was a good dog, but one day, when I called her, she didn't come. I called her again, and this time, I clapped my hands. She always responded to handclaps! Still, there was no response, so I walked around the yard to her doghouse, and she was lying there dead. I looked into her eyes, and all I saw was emptiness; there was no life. Even at eight years old, I could tell that she was gone. 

Most dogs live 10-13 years, but the average human’s life spans close to 80 years. If you’re in your twenties, that may sound like a long time, but now that I am over 60, I realize how brief our time is on this earth. The prophet Isaiah acknowledged how fleeting our natural lives were when he wrote: “All flesh is grass…the grass withereth” (Isaiah 40:6-7). Our flesh has an expiration date, but when our bodies die, we are not dead like a dog; our spirits and souls live forever.

Many Scriptures confirm that although our bodies will one day perish, our souls and spirits will never die.

Practical Application – When our bodies wear out, our spirits continue to live. Those who have accepted Jesus will live eternally in God's presence. Those who reject Jesus will suffer eternally removed from God's presence. Eternal life is real. Share the Gospel with someone today!

Matthew 10:28; John 11:25



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