Death is nothing to be afraid of
Even though it can be sad when someone dies, take comfort knowing that Jesus has power over death.
Picture yourself sitting in one of the church pews listening intently to the sermon for a loved one’s funeral. What goes through your mind at that time? Is it sadness? Joy? Maybe a little bit of both?
Death is a scary thing to think about, but because of what Christ did for all people on the cross we no longer need to be afraid or sad because of death.
I had a grandparent who was near and dear to my heart pass away after three long and hard years of battling cancer. It was a challenging time for my family and me because we knew that we would not see him again until we were reunited in heaven. But we know he is in heaven because Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25,26). It is a comforting message during times of death.
For the people who loved my grand-father but do not believe in God, it was much sadder. It was their last time seeing him at all. They do not believe the comforting message God gives to us Christians. Our job as Christians isn’t just to keep the good news about heaven and eternal life to ourselves. No, we want to go out and proclaim the good news of heaven to others so that others will realize that the deaths of loved ones don’t have to be all about sadness.
Here’s something else about death. When you go to a funeral, you can tell the difference between a believer’s funeral and an unbeliever’s funeral. It’s obvious. A believer’s funeral is Christ-centered. Don’t get me wrong. Both kinds of funerals are sad! Both are sad because they won’t see the loved one again on earth. But believers find hope in Christ.
Two thousand years ago Jesus encountered the death of a dear friend. When Jesus heard that Lazarus had died, he did not control his emotions. He cried. It isn’t wrong to cry when death occurs. Jesus called his friend’s death a temporary sleep and then raised Lazarus from the dead. This shows how Jesus has power over death.
In Revelation God reminds us that Jesus will wipe away our tears because there will be no more death. We won’t have to worry about death.
Here on earth if God chooses that it is time for a person to die, God has his reasons and knows what is best for that person. We have no right to question why God does what he does because he is God and knows what is right.
The next time you are at a funeral, your thoughts and emotions may be mixed. But take comfort knowing that Christ won the epic battle on Calvary and then rose again from the dead. Death is no longer such a scary thing to think about but rather a happy time knowing that the person who died is with Jesus in heaven and that we will have a wonderful reunion in heaven.
And remember, don’t keep this precious truth to yourself but spread it to others so that there are more joyful reunions. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25).
Mason DeNoyer, a junior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is a member at Peace, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Do you have a manuscript, idea, or story from your own life you’d like to share for use in Forward in Christ or on wels.net? Use our online form to share it to our editorial office for consideration.
Get inspirational stories, spiritual help, and synod news from Forward in Christ every month. Print and digital subscriptions are available from Northwestern Publishing House.
Author: Mason DeNoyer
Volume 102, Number 4
Issue: April 2015
Copyrighted by WELS Forward in Christ © 2019
Forward in Christ grants permission for any original article (not a reprint) to be printed for use in a WELS church, school, or organization, provided that it is distributed free and indicate Forward in Christ as the source. Images may not be reproduced except in the context of its article. Contact us