Have you ever heard the expression, “Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die?” It appears for many that life is a constant struggle against death. When we fall sick, we want an immediate solution. Millions of dollars are spent on medical research every year to ensure we are better prepared to deal with life-changing diseases. Anti-aging remedies continue to grow in popularity and have become a multi-billion-dollar industry. We live in an age where people are doing all that is humanly possible to reduce the mortality rate and increase life spans. Nevertheless, when all is said and done, we are still mortal beings. Unless Jesus returns first, we all must face the reality that at some point we will face the grave.
When we are born again, our view of death changes from the way the rest of the world views it. There are two important viewpoints on death in the Bible. The first is how God views death and the second is how the apostle Paul viewed death—a model to all believers.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. — Psalm 116:15
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21
Death is but a passage into eternity. For those who have the assurance of salvation, we have no need to dread the afterlife. When we pass from this life into the next, Jesus will speak to us as He did to the thief on the cross: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 24:43).
When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, something spectacular happened. Jesus destroyed the sting of death. That’s why Paul could write:
“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. — 1 Corinthians 15:55–57
Jesus gave us freedom from the fear of death. Hallelujah!
- Do you have the assurance of salvation?
- What scares you when you think of death?
Thank You, Lord, for Your victory over death. Through Your victory I find my victory; I claim my peace and victory over the fear of death. In Jesus’ name, Amen.