The Good News About Death
by Teresa Wiltz
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Some people may imagine death as an unknown abyss slated to crack open their earthly shell, seeking to ingest the very remnants of its soul. Dying as inevitable as it may be, is still one of the most difficult topics for discussion. Have you ever noticed how uneasy it is to engage in proper discourse subsequent to the death of a loved one? After a pleasant exchange of sympathetic clichés, a resounding silence emerges as a pulsating heartbeat; never really certain of what dialogue will ignite the most comfort. Let’s take a moment to peak into the heart of our Lord—God to realize His divine perspective on the subject:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18—“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
One of the most important phrases in the above scripture is “And the dead in Christ will rise first.” God is speaking directly to those of us who are Christians which is why it is imperative to comprehend what is expected of us according to scripture and to help keep one another on the right path. One of the main reasons I choose to write spiritual messages is to lead others closer to God so they may discover their inheritance as the true gift of salvation given through our Savior—Jesus Christ. Spreading the Word of God will feed countless hungry souls the bread of life; filling them with truth, healing, joy and most importantly—love, before death comes knocking at the door.
James 5:19-20—“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
The reality of death should not bare a weight of negative connotation, simply because without the transformation of dying, we will never truly live. Some cultures choose to celebrate death rather than mourning it, believing their loved ones are in a place of peace. Even though we as Christians believe in Heaven, it’s still very challenging to let go of that deceased person without yearning for a memory-filled life once shared together. However, God cherishes death as a precious sight for those who love Him.
Psalm 116:15—“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
The above verse reveals God’s divine perspective at how He views the death of His children. The Bible interprets death as a first step to eternal living with Him, as revealed as living proof through the victorious sanctification and transfiguration of His only Son.
Life and death are created equally by God so as to fulfill His glorious purpose for mankind. Jesus Christ has triumphed over death as a means to deliver us from a world of hate, evil and various plagues of conflict and to lead us into a new world of blissful existence.
Revelations 14:13—“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
There is a place of everlasting hope on the other side of death where righteousness prevails at every turn leading to incandescent roads paved in gold and a home with many mansions. There will be no more tears, pain, suffering or anything that is unholy. A river will overflow continuously with immeasurable promises prophesied by Christ Himself for all those who remain faithful and obedient believers. The only way to accept living is to also accept dying as an essential part of God’s divine plan.
Revelation 21:3-4~And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
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