Sermon quotes on life after death

T.S. Eliot 

It is worth while dying, to find out what life is.

The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot

Susan Ertz

Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Anger in the Sky 

Vance Havner

Remember that as a faithful child of God you await promotion.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.

Journal, October 25 1836

C.S. Lewis

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

C. S. Lewis

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” 

The Great Divorce

Czeslaw Milosz

And now we are witnessing a transformation. A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death—the huge solace of thinking that our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders are not going to be judged…[but] all religions recognize that our deeds are imperishable.

The Discreet Charm of Nihilism,” New York Review of Books, November 19, 1998.

Mother Teresa 

Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.

William Shakespeare 

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.


R.C. Sproul

The day of one’s birth is a good day for the believer, but the day of death is the greatest day that a Christian can ever experience in this world because that is the day he goes home, the day he walks across the threshold, the day he enters the Father’s house.” 

Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life

J.R.R. Tolkien

“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.” 

N. T. Wright

Resurrection means bodily life after ‘life after death,’ or, if you prefer, bodily life after the state of ‘death.’

Ancient Christian Tomb Inscription

No sorrowful tears, no beating of the breast

For a safe repose has taken me. I dance

Ring dances with the blessed saints

In the beautiful fields of the righteous.

Charles Henry Brent

The first and best illustration of the effect upon personality of death is found in Jesus Christ. After his reappearance from the grave, he is unaltered in character, tone of thought, and fundamental tal relationships. What strikes one forcibly is the absence of anything thing like a break in the continuity of his personality.

Sermon: “The Last Great Adventure.”

John Donne

Bring us, O Lord, at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginning, but one equal eternity; in the habitation of thy glory and dominion, world without end.

Quoted in John Polkinghorne, The God of Hope and the End of the World (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002), 98.

John Donne

One short sleep past, we wake eternally;

and Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Matthew Henry

It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.

John R. W. Stott

When we reflect on the life to come, the comparative is really inadequate and the superlative is appropriate.  This is why, whenever we are reflecting on the future that awaits us, we can always say, “The best is yet to come.”

Taken from The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling by John R. W. Stott Copyright (c) 2010 by John R. W. Stott. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

N.T. Wright

What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into Gods future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2008), p.264.

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