Death & Immortality

Death & Immortality
Today we celebrate the greatest miracle & gift the world has ever known.   The miracle we celebrate is our Saviors triumphant victory over death.   The gift we celebrate is immortality.  
Two popular questions throughout the world are:   what happens to us when we die and how can we live forever?   I recently found out that my friend is scared to die.   This sparked an interest in evaluating my own views on death.   Jesus speaks about going to the spirit world when addressing the thief on the cross next to him, the one that knew him as Lord; Christ said “today shalt thou be with me in paradise”.  
After three days in the spirit world Jesus's body goes missing from the tomb.   That same day he visits Mary at the tomb and when she tried to touch him he forbade her (John 20: 17) because he had not yet been to his Father.   After Jesus ascension to Heavenly Father he then returned to his followers and allowed them to touch the nail prints in his hands and wound in this side (John 20:27).  

Resurrected Body
A resurrected body is how we obtain immortality.   There are three glories of a resurrected body.   In 1 Corinthians 15:40-41 there are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  

Refiners Fire/The Purification Process
Jesus Christ came to save us all.   He was compassionate, served the sick and afflicted, preached about kindness and love.   Why was he rejected and crucified by his people?   I learned that the people of Israel were unhappy with the oppressive rule of the Romans.   They believed that the Savior would take away their trails, suffering, and burdens placed upon them from Roman leaders.   A thief hanging next to Jesus on the cross said, "If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us" (Luke 23:39).   The people of his time could on comprehend his mission and purpose.   An example of this is after his resurrection Jesus approached two of his followers to ask...