by Steve Wagers

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I Know What Lies Ahead (2 of 3)
Series: Three Days that Changed the World
Steve N. Wagers
Luke 16:19-31
March 9, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Truth that Confronts Us!
A) What Both Men Shared
B) What Both Men Saw
2. The Transport that Comforts Us!
A) An Escort Most Precious
B) An Experience Most Personal
3. The Transition that Completes Us!
A) The Intermediate Location
B) The Ultimate Destination

In a 2006 survey conducted by George Barna, 81% of Americans believe in a literal Heaven; and, 54% of those believe that if a person is good enough, or does enough good things for others, they will earn a place in Heaven.

Early in 1989, the billionaire tycoon, Donald Trump, was asked by a reporter about death. The writer asked, "Don't you worry about dying?" Trump replied, "No, I don't believe in reincarnation, heaven or hell-but we go someplace, and I cannot, for the life of me, figure out where."

In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain's motto for centuries.

Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus their motto was "Ne Plus Ultra," which means "No More Beyond." The word being torn away by the lion, on Columbus' monument, is "ne" or "no," making it read "Plus Ultra." Columbus had proven that there was indeed "more beyond."

The afterlife, of which the Bible speaks, is one of "More Beyond." When a person's eyes close in death they will open their eyes in one of 2 places, Heaven or hell. In fact, 100 years from now you will be more alive than you have ever been.

You see there was a time when you were not; but, there will never be a time when you will cease to be. You will live forever in a place called Heaven, or you will die forever in a place called hell.


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