murezza asked: Okay, first off- you rock. I’ve been following you forever, and you’re super righteous and encouraging, and I appreciate you. So, I had a question concerning Jesus and Lazarus. What if when we ‘die’ (physically), we’re actually just sleeping until judgement day? It’s been troubling me lately along with a few other things. Help!
Unka Glen answered: Okay, first off: no, you rock. Secondly the question you’re asking comes from the account of Jesus bringing Lazarus back from the dead, where Jesus says “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up” (John 11:11).
So as to whether we sleep until Judgement Day, I can not only give you one answer, I can give you several.
The logical answer: Jesus was using a common euphemism for saying someone is dead, when He said that Lazarus was “asleep” (koimaó in the original Greek). That is to say, if I tell you that grandma is “pushing up daisies”, I mean she’s passed away, I don’t mean that she’s literally pushing daisies somewhere.
The theology nerd answer: When we die physically, our spirits are free to exist on a plane of existence that’s outside of time. That is to say, our spirits wouldn’t be “waiting” from their point of you, only from our point of view.
The biblical answer: The Bible says that after I die, “I will know, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12), in other words, we will be conscious of everything, unlike now, when we see only see “a dim reflection” of spiritual realities. To be asleep is to be unconscious, the Bible describes something quite the opposite.
The honest answer: I dunno, and neither does anybody else. But Jesus is emphatic that the afterlife will ROCK for those who call on His name, so smile darlin’, because it’s gonna be great!