Author's note: This was written as an English Unit Project, and the theme was "What People you would like to be together with in the afterlife." And it was really cool because I got to get up in front of class and talk about it for a little bit, so that was great!
When I started thinking about “…what people I would like to be together with in the afterlife,” I realized that it was not so much who I would like to be with, but who I know I’m going to be with. Then it hit me that there is really only one person that matters. That person is Jesus Christ. I am looking forward with certainty to spending eternity with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Why do I want to spend eternity praising him? Firstly, his love for us and his amazing grace are limitless. So limitless that he was crucified to atone for our sins: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV) Secondly, heaven is a whole lot better than hell.
Now, the question you would pose is this: “Gregory, how do you know for certain that you’re going up and not down?” It’s simple: I have accepted Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior. How did I do that? The answer: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NIV) Why did I need to be “saved”? Romans explains it: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 NIV) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV) If you are wondering how you can get this salvation too, the Message version of the Bible explains it well: “Say the welcoming word to God -- ‘Jesus is my Master’ -- embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the Dead. That’s it. You’re not ‘doing’ anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between Him and me!’”
In conclusion, I am eagerly looking forward to spending eternity with Jesus Christ. Death really isn’t such a bad thing after all.