I didn’t have all the answers for most of these questions, but there was one question to which I did know the answer. What will happen if you die tomorrow? For the next several days I told as many people who would listen what happens when you die.
“The answer,” I said, “is in the Bible." It is appointed for men once to die and after that is the judgment. I don’t know when you will die, but everyone will die, and a moment later stand before the judgment seat of God. The difference between a Christian and someone who isn’t a Christian is this: when Christians stand before God they won’t take the punishment for their sins. They are not condemned for what they’ve done wrong.
Jesus Christ knew when he prayed that night in the Garden of Gethsemene that there is no other way for men to be right with God unless He died in their place. He made the decision to carry out His mission to make a way for men to come to God. When He died on the cross, He paid the penalty for everything we’ve ever done wrong: past, present and future.
Two kinds of people will stand before the judgment of God. The first are those who have never put their trust in Jesus as their personal Savior. These people will suffer the full consequences for their sins, eternal separation from God. The second are those who have said, “I have placed my trust and faith in Jesus Christ alone. I trust when He died on that cross, He paid the penalty for my sins.” They will spend eternity with God the Father in heaven.
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