Jesus Christ broke the power of death and this means that those who trust Him as their Savior can face death with unparalleled perspective, comfort and hope.
If you have come to Jesus and trusted him as your Savior, He has this word for you: “whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).
Those who come to Christ have been given to Him by God the Father and Jesus said, “I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:39-40).
Jesus was unequivocally clear when He said, “…because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19).
Those who belong to Jesus should adopt the perspective described in Romans 14:8, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
The reason we have this understanding of living and dying is that, Jesus “died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep (i.e. alive or dead), we may live together with him” (I Thessalonians 5:10).
Yes, “…the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
If you trust Jesus as your personal Savior, take His words to heart, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades (Revelation 1:17-18).
Jesus gave His followers very direct orders when He said, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).
Some features of the place awaiting us
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’” (Revelation 21:3-4).
We join the apostle Paul, acknowledging that, “…we are of good courage…and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8).
Even while we serve Christ in this life, we live with tension because at a deeper level, we join the apostle in confessing that, “…we prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8).
We realize that, “to depart and be with Christ, …is very much better (Philippians 1:23). Although death itself is not desired, the destiny awaiting those who belong to Jesus should be strongly desired. This is why the apostle Paul can write, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). We cannot live well or die well unless we take ownership of these words. This must be our life purpose: “to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
“He who fears death or is not willing to die,” wrote Luther, “is not sufficiently Christian. As yet such people lack faith in the resurrection, and love this life more than the life to come” (A Commentary to the Epistle to the Hebrews by P. E. Hughes, [Grand Rapids, 1977: Eerdmans] 114).