Job 19:26 states “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” All of us, regardless whether believers or non-believers will die. The old saying is 100 out of 100 people will die. We need to remind ourselves that death according to scripture has more than one meaning. It is important for all of us to understand what our relationship to the different meanings of death is.
Death is a subject that none of us like to talk about. We can’t stick our head in the sand and pretend that death doesn’t exist or won’t happen to us. It isn’t morbid to talk about it. We must prepare for it just as we prepare for other events that occur in our lives. How we approach death is important. We need to discuss it with our families, because one day death will come for us.
Genesis 2:3 says that death came into the world because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God. They were created to live forever, but when they sinned the penalty was death. They didn’t die that day; God, however warned them not to eat of the forbidden fruit because if they did they would surely die. The death they would suffer was that of a spiritual death; ever since the fall all of us have been born with a sinful nature.
When we sin, we are apart from Christ. We are separated from God and life with Him. Sin results in eternal death. The only way to escape eternal death is through Jesus Christ. Even though we as Christians will die we have the assurance of resurrection life; we still will face a physical death. How we approach death as believers is totally different from that of a non-believer. Death is not the end but the beginning of a new adventure, either with God or in condemnation in hell. We should not fear death but welcome it, knowing that we will be free of the suffering of this world.
Scripture also tells us we should be comforted by death. How can that be? Death for the believer is precious in the sight of the Lord. It is our entrance into peace and glory and that we will be clothed with a heavenly life. We will be carried away to heaven by angels, receiving our mansion that Jesus has prepared for us. Heaven is our true home where we will be at rest. Although we grieve at the loss of a loved one we need to remember that they are finally home and are not in pain.
If you knew when and how you were going to die would you change the way that you are living? How would you approach death? Would you wait until the moment of death to change? Would you pray and ask God to forgive you of your sins? Here’s the problem with that. None of us knows the hour of our death. James 4:14 states you are a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes. Psalm 39:5 states each man’s life is but a breath. To make the most of our lives then we need to do as Jesus told us to Be Ready. We need to understand that our lives will end and face the fact that eternity awaits us, with or without God.
Christians can face death with a different outlook than the unbeliever. The Christian’s outlook is that of joy and the promise that we will be with God. The unbeliever on the other hand will be that of doom and despair. Romans 8:38-39 states,” For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. If that doesn’t give you hope nothing will. We look at death and dying with different attitudes these days. We sluff it off; it isn’t a big deal. We have ignored Satan and, in some circles, have said that he is a myth and hell doesn’t exist. We deny that there is even a hell. Ask yourself this question, where do I go when I die? Who goes to heaven and who doesn’t? If I don’t go to heaven, then what?
Jesus taught more about hell than heaven. He spoke of hell as darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. We seem to have ignored preachers who taught about the afterlife by emphasizing only this life. I want to remind all of us that, hell does exist. Just because you may not believe that there is one, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. If the Bible is true, we know that there is life with God for the believer, for the followers of Christ.
Death is serious! What will be your attitude towards it? Will you laugh, cry, deny, or fear it? For the Christian it is our escape from this sinful world. Will we suffer pain before we die? The answer is probably yes! Why, because suffering and pain entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned against God. We need to understand that suffering is part of life and Peter taught not to be surprised at the painful trial that you are going through but rejoice.
How can we rejoice when we are suffering? Knowing that when the suffering is over we will be with Him. What a promise that we have. We belong to the Lord. Having faith and hope does not mean we bypass grief, but we can work though it. Are you ready for the final trip? Have you gotten your house in order? We all need to accept that some day we will die and be prepared for it.
If you have turned to Christ and have accepted Him as Lord, you need not fear death when it comes. On the other hand, if you have not made Him Lord and Savior then how will you approach death when it comes? We all will go on a final trip. We have a choice to make, which destination it will be. Will it be Heaven or Hell? Which one will you choose?