That next chapter after the last is the source of all the Christian’s hope, for it assures us that our Lord has put death in its place and has delivered us from the ancient curse. Death did not end the activities of our Lord; it did not even interrupt them, for while His body lay in Joseph’s new tomb, He was preaching to the spirits in prison (1 Peter 3:18-20). And after three days, His spirit was reunited with His body and the new chapter began, the chapter that can have no ending. Had Christ not risen from the dead, His life, beautiful as it was, would have been a human tragedy. Since He did in fact rise, His life has been shown to be an unrelieved triumph. The blood, the pain, the rejection, the agony of dying, the cold, stiff body and the colder tomb—these belong to the former days. The days that are now are days of hope and life and everlasting freedom. What is true of Christ is true also of all who believe in Him. How many saints since New Testament times have lived and hoped and labored and worshiped, only to grow old and bent and to drop at last, weak and helpless, into the open grave. If that was for them the end, then we Christians would be of all men most miserable. But it was not the end. For all of God’s true children there will be another chapter, a chapter that will begin with the resurrection and go on as long as eternity endures.
But Christ indeed has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20
Relatively little is revealed in Scripture concerning the believer’s life in heaven. Are we not able to grasp what it will be like? We have little or nothing in human experience that qualifies as an accurate simile.
My only hope for life in that unending chapter is You, O Christ. You are the first fruit. We are those that follow!