I remember walking through that dark lonely path called depression. I could hear only myself…
Dear friend, our world as we know it today is plagued with deaths resulting from diverse issues, wars, diseases, accidents, gun violence, the list can go on and on. Most recently will be the COVID -19 pandemic, which sadly has claimed a lot of lives and lefts loved once mourning. We are faced with the unavoidable reality of death.
Funerals can give us some of the most sobering moments of our lives, it is usually with great pain, tears. A mother could weep helplessly over a dead child, a husband pained deeply by the death of a wife. The emotional distress is real, as we bid farewell to loved ones and friends who have passed on, yet those funeral serve as a reminder to us of an inevitable end, a place that someday we must all come to. Today it’s someone else in the casket and we mourn, tomorrow, just maybe it maybe we in the same casket and others mourning our demise.
We cannot deny this reality of our existence on earth, we all in one way or the other have been affected by death and the pain it brings. It is therefore necessary that we have a perfect understanding of the subject of death as we go through life.
What really is death? Is there a hope of seeing my loved ones who have died again, or is death the end? Let us discuss these and see what we can learn concerning this subject.
Death is generally thought to mean the cessation of life, some define it as a separation.
Now the bible teaches that there is a hope of reuniting with those who die
1Th 4:13 My friends, we want you to understand how it will be for those followers who have already died. Then you will not grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope.
Notice Paul says that concerning the followers of Christ who are dead, that their loved ones who are equally followers of Christ are not to grieve over them like people who have no hope. So obviously there is a hope for those who are in Christ.
What is this hope?
1Th 4:14 We believe that Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, he will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died.
There is a resurrection of the dead in Christ when mortality will be swallowed up by immortality.
In other words, IN-CHIRST physical death is not the end.
But this hope is for only those who have believed IN-CHRIST.
Concerning those who do not believe in Christ, there is no more hope. While we may not be able to do anything about such cases but we who still live can receive God’s gift of Eternal today and encourage our friends and loved ones to do same.
Such that in the eventual case of death, we will indeed miss them, but it will only be for a while, for as Christ has promised we will all rise again from the dead and live on forever.
Joh 6:38 I didn’t come from heaven to do what I want! I came to do what the Father wants me to do. He sent me,
Joh 6:39 and he wants to make certain that none of the ones he has given me will be lost. Instead, he wants me to raise them to life on the last day.
Everyone who has received this gift has a hope of resurrection even after physical death. What a joy it will be the reunite with our loved ones even after our earthly journey all because we all believed in the gospel of Christ.