Racial Harmony

Luke 10:30-37
In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Where are we going?

Have you ever been in the situation where you have been talking about life after death with someone and they have said, "Well, we are all going to the same place anyway"? In one sense this is very true. The Bible says that when we die we all go to the grave. Solomon said "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." Ecclesiastes 9:10.

This is probably not what the person you were talking to had in mind. They were probably suggesting that all good people go to heaven when they die. As the above verse suggests, however, this is not the case. This, and many other verses, positively state that when a person dies they go to the grave. If you look at Hebrews 11 you will find that there is a whole chapter indicating that many of the great people of the Old Testament who were approved by their faith "did not receive what was promised" (v. 39). And what were they promised? A place in God's Kingdom. Where did they all go? To the grave.

However, the Bible doesn't leave the matter there. Hebrews also continues that they didn't receive the promises "because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect." (v.40) In other words, God's idea was that the great people of old and ourselves will receive the promises together - at the same time. When will this be? When God's Kingdom is set up on earth and after the great people who are in the grave are raised from the dead.

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