Sadly for our family my mother in-law died last week after several months of suffering. There is no doubt about it death is an enemy- it robs us of almost everything. But the one thing it cannot take from us is Christ, and He can put everything back together again. Death will not always reign in this world. Death, the grave, the devil, the wicked will perish in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14).
I believe and am thankful to God that because of Him we can face death unafraid by living a life of hopeful trust in Him; in this way we can be prepared for death at any moment. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be obedient to God’s commandments which will prepare us for a second life in which we will never die (Revelation 22:14). Think of death as a short sleep (John 11:11-14) from which Jesus’ voice will awaken us when He comes a second time (1 Thessalonians 4:13,16-18).
Bible truth releases a person from the fear of death because it reveals Jesus, the One whom even death could not conquer. When Jesus comes into our lives, He floods our hearts with peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”- John 14:27.
Bereavement can be messy, ugly and even debilitating but we can cherish the assurance Jesus gives us, and this is why we can shout “O death where is they sting? O grave where is thy victory?”- 1 Corinthians 15:55.