Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21
When Rajiv Gandhi was killed several years ago, his Hindu burial was described in this manner in an Associated Press article: “Gandhi’s son, Rahul, was to perform the rites at the cremation ground along the Jamuma River, lighting the pyre and smashing the skull with a cudgel to release the soul of the departed.”
All religions of the world, except Christianity, teach confusing, uncertain and complex concepts of life and death. The Christian faith alone teaches, professes, and focuses on the surety of the believer’s resurrection.
Because Jesus came to earth, died, and rose from the dead, proving His deity, you can be assured of your personal resurrection. The grave is not a dead end. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified for our sins and rose again from the tomb just as He promised.
When you die, your spirit is immediately with the Lord. When the Lord returns, our bodies will be joined with our spirits. It is clear we will have bodies like Christ’s after His resurrection (Philippians 3:20-21).
The burial of a Christian is but a formality. He is already with the Savior, tasting the delights of heaven, seeing God face-to-face.
Dear Lord, I can hardly wait to see You face-to-face. Thank You for the hope of the resurrection.