This week, as we remember the passing of Billy Graham on February 21, 2018, we’ll take a daily look at questions he was asked about Heaven:
How do we know there is life after death?
“We know there is life after death because God promised it, our souls bear witness to it, and most of all, Jesus confirmed it by His life, death, and resurrection. So just look at Jesus. By His resurrection, the Bible says, Jesus Christ “destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
Every phase of Jesus’ life was miraculous. He set aside His deity, came down to earth, and put on the garment of human suffering. He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, quenched the thirsty, and comforted the dispirited with hope for tomorrow. In His compassion for us, He gave up His life to save wandering souls in a confused and dying world. Then He rose again and rejoiced to walk among us as the resurrected Savior, guaranteeing eternal life to all who follow Him.
Look at Jesus. he lived in Heaven and on earth. He died on earth and returned to life 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯, which was witnessed by more than five hundred people (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) before returning to Heaven. He lives in the hearts of those who trust Him. Our confidence in life after death comes from these very truths.
Someone who visited the Billy Graham Library noticed all the crosses displayed and said to her host, “Where is Jesus? Why isn’t He on the cross?” Her host smiled and said, “We do not worship a crucifix. Jesus died on the cross, but He did not stay on the cross… He lives!”
The reason life does not end with the grave is because eternity is ahead of us. God’s Son conquered death and lives to bring newness of life to all who call on His name (Romans 10:9). This is the hope of the ages!
Listen to the words of the highest authority: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony… ‘Come!’… Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:16-17). Gaze at the empty cross and you will see the victorious life over death in Jesus Christ, for him Him “death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). If you do not know Him, will you call on Him today?”