Dr. Swisher, What Happens After Death?  Joanie, Toledo

Hi Joanie.  Your question is an age old one.  People of Faith, mystics, and human beings of all ages have asked this question since the beginning of time.

Besides the Bible an author that makes the most sense on this subject is a new friend but someone I have respected for years Mr. Mitch Albom. He was in Toledo last week and my mother Barbara and I went over to visit with him and support the launch of his newest book “The Stranger in the Lifeboat.”   He said something that has remained with me. A character In his newest book asks “Why did a love one have to die? How could God take him?” The response is “God starts things. Man ends them.”

Fascinating, thought-provoking, meaningful isn’t it?  When we transition from this earth the last thing that will be on our minds will be how we passed or what happens to us next?  We will be too busy being overwhelmed by the love, joy, peace and magnificence of the world to come.

Jesus put it this way, “Believe in God, Believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  And I will take you to the place where I am going.” Then the Disciple Thomas said “Lord we don’t know where you are going.How can we know the way?”  This is when Jesus says his most iconic line “I am the way, the truth and the Life.” 

We don’t know the exact location of Heaven. Perhaps it is up or perhaps it is another dimension that is near but we can’t yet see or perhaps it is simply inside of us as Jesus proclaimed “The Kingdom of God is within you.”

Whatever and wherever Heaven or the after life is we can be certain of this truth.  It is where Jesus is, it is where our loved ones who died in faith are and it is where people who have blessed you and you have blessed reside.

When you think about it, Joanie.  That’s all we really need to know.   Join us in Church this morning and find out more about this and other important truths of the Bible.