“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
“The living know that they will die”, the author of the book of Ecclesiastes observes. This seems the inescapable fate of both good and bad people, both poor and rich. All will die and return to dust. However, Jesus has proven to be stronger than death.
After His crucifixion, He was in the grave for three days. But then He rose again! He was the first one who was made alive again, and He will raise all who believe in Him. Death has no final power over God’s children. They need no longer be slaves because of their fear of death. Death has been defeated, together with “the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).
For believers, physical death is the transition from earthly life to eternal life in God’s presence. And although the process of dying and the parting from loved ones can be hard and sorrowful, it is actually gain, not loss, to die and be with Christ forever. No human can defeat death on his own. But if we are one with Christ, He gives us eternal life.
Are you afraid to die? Why, or why not?