Death is a reality that we will all face one day. It’s a sobering thought and one that we often need to be reminded of in the midst of the busyness and bustle of life. Death is not pleasant, it doesn’t look beautiful at all. It is tragic. I think we all know that. I have seen death in real life. I have seen an elderly lady slumped over dead in a fatal car crash. It was an awful sight. My little sister died when she was only 2 days old. I still remember taking my turn holding her delicate little frame as the very life in her ebbed away. She was white, she was pale. My aunt was murdered a few years ago. The look on her face in the coffin… let’s just say it was awful… it was terrible. I will remember it to the day I die.
Death is something that will happen at some point to every single person (except those who get caught up in the Rapture). Whether it is tonight or in 70 odd years time each one of us will have to face it. Death could come knocking on your door tonight! 154,000 people around the world die every single day. That’s approximately 107 people per minute or 2 per second. One of those statistics could be you.
Death is something that almost everyone fears. As Christians, we do not need to fear death because Christ overcame it, he conquered it, he defeated it. Christ faced death head on… he went into that stronghold and defeated it! He was crucified on a cross, he was killed and then he was buried but then three days later he rose from that grave triumphantly defeating death. As Christians we can face it with certainty because we can be sure of where we are going when we cross that river. We can have hope because we have the assurance that we have everlasting life if we repent and believe in Jesus Christ. We can look death in the face and say with confidence ‘Death where is your sting? O grave where is your victory?’ (1 Cor 15:55-57)
Listen to this sobering message from Brother Paul Washer: