This life is short even if we live to be 100. Life after death is long, very long, in fact it is eternal. I have not personally experienced life after death, obviously, but the Bible describes it in detail. The Bible says that God has put eternity into our heart, that is, we have this internal sense of life after death, though some have stuffed that sense as part of their attempt to eliminate God from their life.
Karl Marx in his writings stated that the perfect government could produce “heaven on earth“, which is interesting because he was critical of teachings about God or heaven. He said, “if there is a heaven it is most assuredly a place of perfect equality among everyone there, which is what would make it heaven because then everyone would be perfectly happy.” It is obvious that Karl Marx’s understanding of heaven and eternity was limited.
The differences between people’s level of pleasure in eternity is going to be immense. Some people will be in heaven with Jesus and their life will be amazingly wonderful. They will have a glorified body that is like the body of Jesus that will not ache, hurt or get sick. 1 Corinthians 2:9 puts it this way, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” And then there is 1 Corinthians 15:50-52, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
On the other hand there will be those who spend eternity in the “Lake of Fire”as described in Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10 “they were thrown into the lake of fire and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Some quick applications
1. Life on this planet is short and then comes eternity. The most important thing in this life is to know without a doubt where you are spending eternity. “I hope”, “I think”, and “I am pretty sure”, don’t cut it.
2. Life on this planet is short and then comes eternity. Doesn’t make make sense to fuss a lot about a place you are just visiting.
3. If you really care about people you will work hard to be a factor in as many lives as possible following Jesus. Nothing else really matters much.
4. There is so much that is wrong in this world but when Jesus comes justice will prevail.