Death is not one of those subjects that everyone just loves to talk about. Typically, most of us aren’t walking around saying, “Hey, want to talk about some death today?” I can’t speak for everyone because I am sure there is someone out there doing that right now, however it’s a tough or scary topic for most of us. Luckily, for those of us who are followers of Christ, death doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, death isn’t even the end of the road for us (followers of Christ) and we can look to the Bible to define what it is really all about.
I don’t want to speak out of line and act like there isn’t a time to grieve the loss of a loved one. Jesus even wept. There is absolutely nothing wrong with grieving the death of a loved one as a follower of Christ. We as the Church should weep with those who weep and have great empathy for others. The greatness of what God tells us about death is the fact that it’s not the end. I believe that the truth that is found in the Bible on death and what Jesus has done for us is what brings us through that grieving process. It’s where we can look to for hope. It’s who we can look to for hope.
Jesus is our hope. Jesus defeated death. Those who follow Jesus will never die, but live on for eternity. Jesus paid the price for our past, present, and future sins and for those who follow Him, immediately are rescued forever. Will we die in our physical bodies? Absolutely because we are sinful and this world is sinful, but we must remember, we are not yet home. When we physically die here, we will be with Jesus…for all eternity. That my friends should bring serious comfort to you.
Let’s let the Word of God do the rest of the talking for me at this point. My prayer for you is that you would be encouraged on what God teaches us about death and what Jesus has done. Many people will relate to this in various ways so please let the Bible speak to you now.
Let’s look and see what the Bible has to say with Scripture on Death:
1 Corinthians 6:14 – And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Isaiah 25:8 – He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
John 6:40 – For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day.
John 11:25-26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 – For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 10:28 – And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Proverbs 12:28 – In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:26 – The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.