Do you from time to time ponder about the minutes after your „Death“?
Most push this idea very far off them. Don’t want to hear!
What about you?
Afraid of seeing God, or looking forward to it?
Or even not believing that we do see Jesus Christ right after we died?
Jesus Christ told us in Luke 12,20: ‘You fool! This very night your soul (which is our life) will be required back from you, but who will get what you have prepared?’
Such, we ought to (to speak in the Scouts terms) Be Prepared.
This of course includes an intensive being aware of the fact, that we defintely WILL see God - see Jesus Christ. If "This very night“ or in 50 years, doesn’t really matter. When we see Jesus Christ, we won’t care if we where very lively on earth 5 minutes ago, or 5 decades ago. All that counts then, is >GOD AND I<
And there will be a extremely compelling attraction to stay with God - be what there may have been in our life on earth. To all - earthly disbelievers, as believers.
But then, to those who refused Christ, there is a unscalable wall between God and the individual, who will hear the eternally devastating verdict of Mt 7,23: ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreaker.
Now - ok - we confess in the Creed, that God (Jesus Christ) judges:
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
Hence many think we „R.I.P.“ (unconsciously) until the Day of Judgement.
That’s definitely not so, for Jesus promised the man right of Him on the cross, to be TODAY in heaven together with Christ in Luke 23,43. Hence ALL BELIEVERS will be right with Christ when they left their body.
Believing Christians all do believe in the one and only alive God and in Christ’s doctrine, so we don’t have to fear suchlike thing. We won’t have to wait until Last Judgement. Else these Christ rescued from „Purgatory“ - from the other heaven far off God - often called „on Abraham’s bosom“ (where Abraham himself was too) wouldn’t have existed, but still R.I.P.)
In other words, the day we die - disregarding when - we will see Jesus Christ - our loving friend and judge - face to face. We believers will. Disbeliever won’t - they actually R.I.P til Judgement Day.
Let’s be honest. Do we hope so - (that we see Jesus Christ right in our „death“) do we we believe so, or are we absolutely sure that this will be so…
If that’s the case then, we ought to look forward with joy and longing for God, who made us believers his Brothers and Sisters, which God The Son when He was with us, clearly confirmed. Sister or Brother in Christ is the Believer, who lives in God. Jesus Christ often enough called these who believed in Him, His Brothers. So, let’s look forward to the day when we see Jesus Christ face to face. We definitely will! (Even soon).