by Stan Coffey

The Life Beyond
Stan Coffey
Luke 16:19
March 31, 2002

The life beyond. You know when sailors during the time of Columbus would come to the Rock of Gibralter they would read on the Rock of Gibralter what some sailor had scrawled there. It said, "No more beyond." They believed that if you sailed beyond the Rock of Gibralter that the world was flat, and that you would just simply go off the edge of the earth into nothingness. Then Christopher Columbus made his voyage and found a New World and proved that the world was not flat, but that the world was a globe and round. Now they took off the word "No" in "No more beyond" and now the Rock of Gibralter simply says to sailors as they pass by in their ships, "More beyond." Jesus is our Christopher Columbus. When Jesus came and died on the cross and rose from the dead everyone else had said there's no more beyond death, no more beyond the grave. But, Jesus rose again from the dead. His resurrection says to every person on the voyage of life that there is more beyond, more beyond the grave, more beyond the life that we can see, that we can feel and touch and taste and smell. I want to call your attention to several things in scripture about the life beyond.

For example, what was Jesus' view of the life beyond? In Luke chapter 16 verse 19 we find the view of Jesus. Jesus said "There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom." I want to stop right there. There is nothing in Jesus' view of the life beyond about annihilation, nothing about ceasing to exist, nothing to say that the soul of man, that the spirit of man dies when his physical body dies ...

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