Physical death is merely a transition – a promotion – from this life to the next. God is merciful and by his grace, he has made the way, through Jesus, for anyone who calls on his name to be saved from the fear of death.
I stood at a distance in the corner of her room. My wife, Karen’s, dear grandmother was nearing her end. This dear lady had had a wonderful Godfearing life. Her loving family sat by her side. Nan was peaceful, breathing gently. Karen held her hand. The room was crowded; I couldn’t see Nan in her bed. Yet, at that moment I sensed a peace – a power, even – in the room. To me, it seemed as though the room came alive. Nan breathed out quietly as her dear spirit arose to the bosom of her Saviour. Death where is your sting?
The one absolute of this life is death. Though God created man with the intention of eternal life, sin, sadly, corrupted the image of God within him, resulting in mortality. The sting of death is sin. The wages of sin is death, and we will all die. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, the righteous One, took the wages of sin when he died. But he did not remain dead; Jesus Christ rose from the grave. This is how I know that Christ was sinless: the wages of sin could not hold him down! By faith in his death and resurrection and by confessing him as Lord we, too, can be set free from the wages of sin. The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?1 Corinthians 15:55
But we remember God’s word tells us that he knows the plans he has for us. So, indeed, we will all die but even our physical death is in the plans of God for the believer. We have no fear of death. Physical death is merely a transition – a promotion – from this life to the next. God is merciful and, by his grace, has made the way, through Jesus, for anyone who calls on his name to be saved from the fear of death.
The peace, the ecstasy, the joy in that room on that day was palpable. Old Nan had been promoted to glory, no longer confined to the corruption of flesh. What a hope for each of us if we confess Jesus as Lord.
God-tracking has no fear of death.
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1 Corinthians 15:54-56
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