We may consider three sequential questions when contemplating our proper mood about what comes next, i.e. after death.
- Is there really a "next"? The crucified criminal believed so - there is something after death. With Christ, there is surety of paradise. All the saved will be with Him.
- How do we get there from here? We have nothing to do with it; it's all God's work. We are in trouble - therefore He rescued us. We belong from birth to Satan and death - therefore He redeemed us "not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood." We are born God's enemies - therefore Christ reconciled us to God. We are sinful - therefore He is the LORD our Righteousness. Finally, He remembers us in His kingdom. This is what gets us to paradise. He dies that we may live.
- Am I personally going to heaven? Each person must ask this question. Jesus Christ is the answer.Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom; into Your hands I commend my spirit.
Soli Deo gloria.