In our reading today there was a lot of talk about death. There is a truth that exist that the most common fears in America remain the fear of public speaking and death. It is often joked that most people would rather be the guest of honor at their own funeral than the speaker at their own funeral. Many have a great fear of death … a fear that is fairly valid.
There is fear because death is unknown. What does it feel like to die? What exactly happens when we die? We are fearful because well, we do not really know the answers. There are not many who have died, who have really died, and come back to tell us about it. We do not really have the words of Lazarus, or the widow’s son Jesus raised to life, or even the son Elisha brought back from death. Jesus did not really talk about the dyeing experience. So our Biblical examples kind of leave us with no information on what dying feels like.
However, with that fear, we can also have some peace. The Bible paints a beautiful portrait of what waits those who belong to Christ after death. It is something I am looking forward to. Solomon seemed to have a grim view of death … “The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 NLT) But we know there is a reward … in Christ there is eternity in Heaven before the throne of God. The reward is not for the death, the reward is for the life we live. Remember that as you live each day, drawing ever closer to your own physical death.
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