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On the Subject of Death and Dying

I am writing this post on April 10th, 2020. This is significant because today is Good Friday, the day where we observe the day that Jesus had to bear his own cross, the weight of all of our sins, and was crucified and died for us, people He didn’t even know because of how much He loves us. And now, He is sitting at the right hand of God watching us as we continue on the race called life until He comes back to earth and reigns for a thousand years.

I decided to write this post today because we are observing the death of Jesus, but we are also observing the death of so many people around us, those who are succumbing to COVID-19. I am here to tell you that death is not something to be afraid of. Something that I believe is extremely important to be aware of is how physical death is inevitable. Everyone’s flesh dies.

Though, it’s important to realize that once our physical bodies die, our spiritual bodies sleep until Satan and Death are defeated and we are judged (Revelation 20). Therefore, we should not fear death if we believe that Jesus is the Messiah and keep the covenant that he established with us the night before he was betrayed, which is to love one another just as He loves us (John 13:34).

This story of death goes all the way to the beginning where Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree. In Genesis, the serpent said “…you will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 2:4-5 NRSV). What we can see from this sentence, however, is that Adam and Eve caused the death of around 60-80 generations, depending on the source. Christ reversed this death and made life from it; “for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

Scripture is very adamant about not fearing death. John 11:25-26 says “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who loves and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?'” (NRSV). Christ is life. Our life here on earth does not compare to the life we live with Christ.

Another thing to remember is that the Lord claims us as his children through Christ. He sent Christ to die so that we can call Him Father. “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1 NRSV). So, when faced with death, remember the Father for “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 12:7-9 NRSV).

We live life here on earth, so that we can one day be prepared for heaven and be reconciled with God, through Jesus. Where we live, is not on earth, but instead, in heaven. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself” (Philippians 3:20-21 NRSV).

The last thing I want to examine regarding death is that one day Jesus will defeat death once and for all and we, as believers, will live a new and eternal life with the God of all creation and His Son, Jesus Christ, which is all anyone can hope for. “[H]e will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4 NRSV).

I pray that as we continue this journey through COVID-19, that you will all remember that life doesn’t come from this world, but from through Christ Jesus and death isn’t something to be afraid of.

Lots of love,

Meghan ❤

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