October 27

Revelation 7:13-17

“They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” vss. 16-17

Humans have an insatiable curiosity about the afterlife, and would love to have a satisfactory definitive description of what that life might be like. Unfortunately, the hundreds of available descriptions, while sometimes quite detailed and compelling, are seldom credible to our mostly skeptical minds. While some rationalists have therefore concluded that the afterlife is an illusion, most people have moved in another direction. They acknowledge that scientific proofs are lacking, but continue to have confidence that new life after death is not only real but reasonable. For them it’s simply inconceivable that death would ultimately triumph over life–if so everything would have ended long ago. Obviously, this new life defies description, but only because our language is limited. And most will agree that the picture painted in Revelation, while not to be taken literally, provides all the hope and comfort we need in the face of death. What awaits our loved ones when death comes near? No more hunger, no more thirst, and no more suffering! Simply put, they will rest in peace! We can add to that basic affirmation whatever fanciful notion we desire, but for most of us these words of comfort are enough!

Thought for the Day: How do I picture the life to come?

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