The thought of death first entered my mind as a child and manifested itself in a multitude of questions that drove my mother crazy. Would eating particular things kill me? Would certain substances initiate my demise? I was coming to grips with my mortality. I wasnít invincible after all.
As a teen, such curiosities took flight. I was unconquerable-or at least thought so. This mindset materialized in various unwise decisions and actions. Reality returned when I became a young adult, and several health issues reminded me I wasnít indomitable.
Whether the thought of death brings a sting depends on oneís position. Jesus was hanging between two criminals-all three of which were experiencing deathís sting. One of them, however, realized there was a way to escape it. He cried out for mercy, and Jesus replied, ďI assure you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43 NLT).Ē
Death involves an inherent element of fear because Iíve never experienced it. Iíve listened to and read material by those who have and who have supposedly returned from it. But it still hasnít been my experience.
Hereís what Iím sure of. I have no reason to fear if my life is hidden in God. Jesus conquered death, and as his child I will also. Soul sleep is a farce. Jesus told the redeemed thief he would be with him in paradise that very day. Death isnít the end. Eternity follows, and itís heaven for those who trust in Christ. Heaven is also a place where all earthís dreadful elements will be eradicated; otherwise it wouldnít be paradise. Sin-and all of its consequences, will be forever banned.
When you, a loved one, or a friend is facing death, remember that in Christ it loses its sting.
Prayer: Eternal God, we accept deathís reality but thank You that in Christ we donít have to fear its sting. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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