Why am I afraid of death?
If you want to know about catching fish, a fishing guide can help. If you want to know about cooking, talk to a chef. But, death? Who really knows about death?
No wonder so many people are afraid of dying! The atheist says death is the end of our existence. Others think death is a natural part of life. Who really knows? Can anyone take away our fear?
Yes. The Lord can. THE LORD CAN TAKE AWAY OUR FEARS OF BOTH PHYSICAL DEATH AND SPIRITUAL DEATH.
God tells us in his Holy Word the reason for death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Also in Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. “Death is the penalty for sin, and since everyone dies, all are indeed sinners. This does scare us!
But, God’s Word tells us something else about death. GOD’S WORD TELLS US THAT EVEN THOUGH WE WILL ALL EXPERIENCE PHYSICAL DEATH, WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR THE EXPERIENCE OF SPIRITUAL DEATH.
Do you remember what the thief on the cross next to Jesus asked? “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42). Do you remember Jesus’ answer? “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43).
You see, OUR PHYSICAL death is ONLY THE END OF OUR LIFE ON EARTH. OUR PHYSICAL DEATH is the door to ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN!
But, now I suppose you are afraid of eternity? The Bible tells us “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). You see, everyone who believes that Jesus died on the cross to take away the penalty of sin (eternal death in hell) has the gift of eternal life in heaven.
Now wouldn’t it be great to speak to someone who has already been there and came back to tell us about it. Well, there is. Jesus. Jesus EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL death and CAME BACK TO LIFE to tell us about ETERNAL LIFE IN HIM.
God’s own Son did this, AND TELLS US ABOUT IT IN THE BIBLE. Now that’s one great authority on death we can trust!