The One Question
Jesus Will Ask You!
Near Death Experiences
There are dozens of books and hundreds of stories available about Near Death Experiences (NDEs).
A Near Death Experience is an event where a person is either clinically dead or near death, perhaps because of a serious injury, car accident, or an illness or disease. At such point, although dead and totally unresponsive, that person has an "experience" that one might think is impossible - but it is definitely possible and definitely supernatural.
In an NDE, a person experiences an "out of the body" experience and enters into a spiritual world.
Sometimes they have a pleasant experience where they report visiting heaven and seeing angels and even meeting Jesus. These people experienced intense feelings of love, joy, peace, acceptance, and bliss.
But others, however, had a horrific distressing and traumatic experience. Upon their death they found themselves judged to hell, and they experienced fire and torment, terror, rancid smells, incredible heat and thirst, pain and anguish of untold magnitude, and they suffered the anger and eternal rage of the demons.
Jesus asks a Question
For those who have the experience of visiting Heaven, they often report that they meet Jesus, the Son of God who greets them. They often say that Jesus is a being of light and truth and peace. Jesus is all power and glory, masculine, yet gentle. He is radiant above all light. He is, and exudes, love.
One person, Jonathon, who died in a traffic accident went to heaven and met Jesus. And Jesus asked him one question: "What did you do with the life that the Father gave you?"
Jonathon understood the question immediately. There was no need for explanation. He "knew" intrinsically that God the Father gives everyone a great and holy gift - the gift of life, and Jesus implies that each person has a purpose and that is to use your life in a way that would fulfill your purpose on Earth and to bring glory back to God.
Jonathon, as with so many others that had also faced this question from Jesus, said he felt "insufficient" when faced with this question. He felt so little. On Earth he was a successful businessman, but had grown cold to his employees and to his family, and concentrated more and more on wealth and materialistic possessions to the neglect of his family. He had grown cold toward God and his religion. He had grown cold toward his neighbors and fellow man. He had become hardened and uncharitable. He had squandered his gift and wasted his life on meaningless pursuits - money, power, sex, alcohol - even drugs, and on materialistic possessions - cars and yachts… in effect everything that Jesus had preached against.
In many NDEs where people were resuscitated and brought back from death to "return" to their earthly bodies, they were transformed into new people. They no longer had the "earthly" cares and the concerns and stresses and pressures of day-to-day life. They no longer cared about the "earthly pursuits." They now had a greater purpose, a renewed meaning for life and the purpose of life.
What is Your Purpose
So the question is, "What will you say to Jesus when you meet Him and He asks you, 'What did you do with the life that the Father gave you?'"
Think about that question. Your life - your eternity, may depend upon it. And your answer should guide you the rest of your life while here on this earth.
REMEMBER the Greatest Commandment: In the new testament, a Scribe (lawyer) came up to test Jesus. He said, "Lord, what is the Greatest Commandment?" And Jesus replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second commandment is no less: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Given these commandments then, what is YOUR purpose?