Afraid of Death? Dont Be!
Two of the most familiar Bible passages read at a Christian’s funeral are: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4); and, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; (Job 19:25,26)
God’s promises of the Savior were fulfilled. Jesus came to earth as true God and true man, lived the perfect life and paid the ultimate price to earn our salvation from the sins that would destroy us. Today, when a Christian reads about death in the New Testament, it shows the historical reality that the Savior had come. We are told:
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:55-58)
When the Apostle John received his incredible revelation of what life was like in heaven he was given this remarkable description: These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:14-17)
Yet, does the thought of death still rattle your nerves? A sainted seminary professors once said, “Sometimes I think about dying and I am scared to death and other times I can hardly wait.”
That’s life in this “veil of tears.” The Apostle Paul said, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
In considering the death of a fellow Christian or the prospect of your own death, cling to the promises of Jesus who said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1,2).
Clearly Caring Magazine-Parish Edition (Heaven Bound), 2010
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