If Jesus did not come to the earth we would all be dead in our sins, and if he did not die on the cross and rise again we would be unable to live again after death. “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep (died) in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead”.(1 Corinthians 15:16-21).
In scripture to die is to sleep but in a twinkling of an eye we will be changed. Our flesh bodies will be raised as a spiritual body. When the last trump shall sound from God then all who are asleep (dead) will be raised incorruptible. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”.(1 Corinthians 15:51-58).
Our life is not our own although before the realization of the true need of Christ we live pretty much our own way, But did you know whether we live or die we are the Lord’s. “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living”.(Romans 14:7-9). It is of greater need to live with Christ than away from him as many blessings are bestowed upon us by doing so. Yet even greater than that is the assurance of eternal life we receive through him.
The sacrifice given to us at the cross was the ultimate anyone could give! Since our Saviour gave his life to save many then we in turn are not to grieve the Holy Spirit given us which has sealed us til the day of our redemption. “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye king one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.(Ephesians 4:30-32).