Occasionally I enjoy a good silent film, and I recently viewed one I had not seen in a long time. It was “The Iron Mask” from 1929 that was based on Alexander Dumas’ novel. This featured a heroic D’Artagnan attempting to save the King of France with help from fellow Musketeers — Aramis, Athos, and Porthos. Unfortunately each was called to sacrifice all for the glory of France.

Even without speaking there was much swashbuckling, swordfighting, and suspense before it was all over. Finally the future of France was secure, the rightful king was returned to his throne, and good had triumphed over bad although at a cost of heroes’ lives.

The movie ended with D’Artagnan, who had been fatally stabbed, being beckoned upward by the other Musketeers already deceased. Words appeared on the screen regarding “…better adventures beyond.” The Musketeers were joined a final time, and the last message on the screen was “The Beginning” rather than the usual “The End.”

I thought it was a satisfying ending for a work of fiction. It was appropriate that the Musketeers would be together forever because of their deep bonds of loyalty to one another in this life.

I believe that leaving this world for the next is a beginning not an ending for God’s child. The Bible teaches that Eternity is an everlasting and eternal life for those who go to heaven. On the other hand those who reject Jesus Christ in this world will suffer eternal death. It is simply a matter of choice. We choose life by choosing Christ.

As the movie expressed silently, my hope is for better adventures beyond in heaven than even the best ones on this planet. I can only imagine!

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”  (Deuteronomy 30: 19)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3: 16)

“For our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Philippians 3: 20)

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