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Why do some people say "Jesus till I die"? What about after they die?

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Thank you for your interesting question about a Christian saying. I hope this answer helps you. 

The phrase 'Jesus till I die' simply means that while a person is on this earth, they will serve Jesus in any way; everything they do is for Christ. 

You are correct to note that when people use the phrase 'Jesus till I die', there is no mention of anything after. As Christians we have a great hope which is the life to come. When a person says 'Jesus till I die', they do not mean that they will then reject Christ at their death, but rather that their joy will be complete because they will be with Christ. 

The apostle Paul wrote about this matter in his letter to the Philippian church. Paul was in prison and he believed that he was nearing his death; that at any moment he could be martyred for his belief in Jesus. 

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. (Philippians 1:21-26)

Paul had faithfully followed the leading of Jesus by serving the church wherever he went. Even in prison, he was witnessing to the prison guards (Philippians 1:12-13) and writing letters to encourage people in their faith; he was serving Jesus right up to the moment of his death. 

After this, Paul went on to glory, being united with Christ in heaven. This is true of every person that follows Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Death is not the end, but is a passing from this life into the eternal life in the presence of almighty God. 

Do you know this for yourself? Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? All of us have done wrong in this life, and because of this sin we are separated from God. We can never earn our way to being with God, and so God himself needed to rescue us. 

God sent His Son, Jesus, to become human and live on this earth. He lived a perfect life, never sinning, and was crucified on a cross, paying the price for our sin. However, Jesus didn't stay dead: He rose to life again to show His power over sin and death. 

The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23) and this eternal life is available to you if you ask God for the forgiveness of your sin and live for Christ. Salvation in God is not a one off event: it is something that happens with us each day, that we serve Jesus till we die.

In summary, the phrase 'Jesus till I die' is a statement acknowledging that we shall live for and serve Jesus while we are here on earth. When we die, we shall be with God forever in heaven. It is my hope that you know this for yourself. If you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, I encourage you to do so today. 

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