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In Hebrews 2:15 it says that the fear of death is slavery. How do you feel about death? Do you fear death?
This is a great question. I do not fear death for myself for I know it will be a glorious day when I meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I do however have concerns for my three young children I would be leaving behind, but I trust in our Lord and Savior. Jeremiah 29:11
Well, I have no fear of being dead as too trust in our Lord and Savior, but I’d have to admit to a certain trepidation about the death process itself. My heart knows that when it’s over, the trip will have been worthwhile beyond anything my finite mind can imagine, but I’ve seen several friends and family members who suffered excruciatingly for a very long time before The Lord took them home, and my mind says that the self centered part of me doesn’t really want to endure such a crossing.
I was worried and scared of death until my 22 year old son was killed 10 months ago in a motorcycle accident. Now, I almost find myself looking forward to it. He got the easy part of this ordeal: being in the glorious presence of our Lord. Those of us left behing can only dream of the day when our cares, grief, and worries are replaced by joyous celebrations. I want to be reunited with my dearly departed loved ones and actively worshiping God together.
Grieving Mother…I can only offer my condolences through this medium but I would like to comfort you as best I can. I lost a child when I was a teenager, much too young to care for my son. One of the things that I have learned over the last 45 years is that, through God, the past can be redeemed. It was the guilt of losing my son on my watch that propelled me into a trajectory that landed me in the Kingdom of God. While that may sound rather self-centered, there is a very real perception that I will be able to meet this son, dead from infancy, when I get there to heaven. While it is an offense to our sense of Right for a parent to bury a child, God has given me the freedom to be thankful for my son’s passing with a future that only He can provide. Death is not the greatest evil, contrary to the sensabilities of our culture. God views death in very different ways to our ways. As we mature in Christ, Death becomes less and less an issue. Of course there is the apprehension about the process , as spoken about by weary conservative above but the end result begins, early on in our walk , to lose it’s sting; it’s forboding and darkness. Perhaps the weariness that weary conservative feels is going to be completely dealt with by the laying down of our burdens, some of which we were never meant to carry in the first place.
Do I fear death? No, Why? Because I died on 10311998 and struggled through a coma for 2-3 weeks…With all that has happened to me in my life span, death would be a comfort because it would mean I will not have to suffer another day at the hands of hipocrates, abused by authorities or put down by those that think they are better thaen I. With all of my family threatened into having heart attacks and/or strokes…I am the sole survivor without friends because of the gossip spread by vendictiveness. I Pray daily for the favor of God to restore me because those that are in goverment fear their image, reputation would be tarnished if they took away the convictions and restored that which was stolen from me. Enduring hardships is not fun, enduring ignorance is even more torture…being a martyr for what purpose? What makes frauds more value then that of truth?
Even as Christians, we are still finite & mortal, & uncertainty of the unknown can always be present. But I do not fear death, because we have Jesus’ promise that He has taken away the fear & uncertainty. The most thrilling words I see in the Bible are, “He has risen!” Open your Bible & read what the writer of Hebrews says in Chapter 2, verse 4. Dr. Peter Marshall (1902-1949), the subject of the book & movie, “A Man Called Peter,” once described death in this manner, in an excerpt from his sermon titled, “Go Down Death.” A young boy was dying of an incurable disease & asked his mother what it was like to die. She breathed a quick prayer & asked the Lord to help her answer him. I now quote Dr. Marshall, “…..you remember when you were a tiny boy how you used to play so hard all day that when night came you would be too tired even to undress, & you would tumble into mother’s bed & fall asleep? That was not your bed; it was not where you belonged. And you would only stay there a little while. In the morning, much to your surprise, you would wake up & find yourself in your own bed in your own room. You were there because someone had loved you & taken care of you. Your father had come-with big strong arms-& carried you away. Death is just like that. We just wake up some morning to find ourselves in the other room-our own room where we belong-because the Lord Jesus loved us.” “The lad’s shining, trusting face looking up into hers told her that the point had gone home & that there would be no more fear; only love & trust in his little heart as he went to meet the Father in Heaven. He never questioned again. And several weeks later he fell asleep just as she had said. That is what death is like.”
I am not going to die so why should I be afrain of it. My Lord asked a very important question after making this statement. IN John 11:25 NAS Translation. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believesin me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?” I do so this body or tent that I carry around now will cease to be, but I will not. Take comfort in knowing that God does not make a promise that He does not Keep. It is just our worldly views that get in the way of truth. I feel for people who have lost loved ones, but are they really lost? If they believe in Jesus as the only son of God they are not lost but at home. It is not deah as the word knowes it but a graduation. If I go first I requsted my wife to throw a party and laugh alot and be happy for me.
Thank you Loran for these words. They really made me pause this morning and spend time reflecting God’s Promises. I know that my son is fine in his new heavenly reality, but sometimes that knowledge gets pushed back by the grief and sadness of missing him. I need to pray and thank God for taking such good care of my son and loving him much more than I could ever imagine.
Two part question and I will start with the first which is: How do you feel about death? There are times I cannot wait until death comes, and other times I feel that it would be nice to see if Jesus truly will return during this era of this millennium, a sign of the ending of this age. That would be a fearful and glorious experience indeed. Second question: Do you fear death Fear eludes me in regards to death. Why? The process of dying will be an unavoidable experience however, there is no memory in death itself Psa 6:5 & Ecc. 9:5, God likens death to sleep Deut. 31:16 & 2Sa 7:12 & 1Ki 1:21 & Psalm 13:3 & John 11:11 where there is no knowledge or works, or devices in death Ecc 9:10 and even the man after God’s own heart, the patriarch David remains in this state of death Acts 2:29 & 34. Paul was familiar with death, seeing that he earnestly studied the Hebrew Scriptures extensively. With relation to this concept that “…the dead know not anything,” Paul made the following statements: “For we know, That if the tent of our earthy dwelling be taken down, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, aionian, in the heavens. For indeed to this we are groaning, earnestly desiring to be invested with that habitation of our which IS FROM [NOT ‘IN’] heaven: surely, having been invested, we shall not be found destitute. For, indeed, those being in the tent are groaning, being oppressed; in which we desire not to be divested [naked], but invested [clothed], that the mortal may be absorbed by LIFE. Now He Who has produced this for this same thing is that God Who has given to us the pledge of the Spirit. Therefore, being always confident, and knowing that being at home in the body [our body, in the flesh] we are from home [our real home, our immortal home], away from the Lord; for we are walking by Faith, not by sight [‘Blessed are they that have NOT seen, and yet have believed’ John 20:29] But we are confident, and well-pleased rather to be separated from the body, and TO BE [not instantly, but at a future time] at home [with our new spiritual bodies like Christ’s] with the Lord” (II Cor. 5:1-8, Emphatic Diaglott). Paul knew that once he died there would be no rememberance in death, or segmented time spans, and Paul knew that the next waking moment would be in resurrection with a new body (I Cor. 15:49), and although it would happen in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye (less than a milisecond), nonetheless, it would have to wait until “the LAST TRUMP’ (I Cor. 15:51). But to Paul from his perspective, it would only be less than a moment in time, seeing that, “the living KNOW that they shall die, but the dead KNOW NOT ANYTHING.” Death is an enemy of everyone, but it is “being ABOLISHED” (I Cor. 15:26) by the One who has already had victory over it. And although we will never experience being dead, we will certainly experience the loss of our loved ones who have died, and they will experience loss when we die (Hopefully). So be of courage and good cheer: If you are reading this post then you are alive, and that is all you will ever know… LIFE!
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