While it can be dangerous to attach too much importance to single verses of Scripture — thereby yanking them out of context — nevertheless there is something so powerful about certain sentences in the bible.
Especially those that speak of eternal life.
These are the words I read to terminally ill patients and their families as they reach the end of their days.
They’re the words I say at funerals and memorials.
They are, as you’ll see, even the words I want on my grave marker when my time comes.
These words have formed my faith and blessed my spirit; I pray they do the same for yours today.
5. Romans 8:18 — “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
4. Luke 23:43 — “Jesus answered [the thief on the cross], ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.'”
3. I Corinthians 15:51-53 — “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” Reading all of I Corinthians 15 lets you know that Paul is more interested in life after life after death than he is in life after death.
2. II Corinthians 5:8 — “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
1. Philippians 1:21 — Christ is me is to live; to die is to gain. (This one will be on my marker.)