Notes: Hello from the Other Side
Harvest Worship Band
Sunday, March 27, 2016 — 10:00 a.m.
When someone dies, we don't expect them to be alive again.
What do you think happens after we die? Believers go to Heaven and one day they will return to earth with Jesus to the new Jerusalem.
Where do people go when they die? Can they say hello from Heaven? Why is it people who say they died and came back to life always claim they went to Heaven?
There was a recent survey that showed more people don't believe in God yet they do believe Heaven is real.
How can there be one without the other? The word Heaven comes from the Bible.
What is Heaven like? Heaven is not an imitation of earth, Earth is an imitation of Heaven.
Heaven is a real place doing real things.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4 NKJV
 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows-such a one was caught up to the third heaven.  And I know such a man-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows-  how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
There is only one person that has been to Heaven that we can rely on, Jesus.
John 6:38 NKJV
 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
God was the master of ceremonies at the Cross.
Isaiah 53:10-11 NKJV
 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
Jesus died as a substitute for us and our sins.
Matthew 16:21 NKJV
 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
God always keeps His promises.
Jesus appeared to many after His resurrection.
Matthew 28:9-10 NKJV
 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."
Jesus comes back and says hello to the people in a cordial way.
Because of the Resurrection of Jesus:
1. You will have life after death in Heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NKJV
 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
A believer doesn't have to fear death any more than they do a nap.
The Bible often calls death for a Christian a nap...falling asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 NLT
 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!  It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.  For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
One day Heaven will come to Earth.
Revelation 21:4-5 NLT
 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."  And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true."
One day it will be out with the old and in with the new.
No more death, disease, drugs, abuse or sadness because of the resurrection of Jesus!
2. You can live life to its fullest on Earth!
Romans 8:11 NLT
 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
John 10:10 NLT
 The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
3. There will be a final judgement.
Acts 17:31 NLT
 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead."
There will be a judgement for believers and nonbelievers.
Believers will be rewarded on that day.
If you live an ungodly life, you will be judged for that and sent to Hell.
It's not if you lived a good life, it's if you asked Jesus to be forgiven of your sins.
Jesus died on the cross and resurrected so that you could go to Heaven; He died and resurrected so you don't have to go to Hell.