Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)
Most of us do not ever stop drinking in the beauty of life long enough to contemplate death. Does it have any appeal, beauty, or attraction other than the morbid curiosity created by Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Stephen Crane or Steven Spielberg and their literary works? Do we really want to rush head-long down into that valley?
No – We prefer happier thoughts not acquainted with grief and sorrow. Yet, Scripture speaks to us even about death. The Bible tells us where death came from in the book of Romans. The book of Genesis explains that death is a consequence of disobedience. Disobedience – Otherwise known as SIN – has caused major devastation to the gift of life we were given. (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12)
We will all face death. It is the natural end to our physical existence, certainly not an uplifting thought for those unacquainted with Christ, but for the Christian it is an appointment with PROMISE. The Prophet Isaiah had this to say about Christ.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (KJV)
Our communion with Christ brings comfort to us through the promise of resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:50-52
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (KJV)
To inherit the Kingdom of God we must lay down this flesh and put on the fullness of Christ. We shall be changed. Death has no mystery for us because we know where we shall spend eternity. More could be said, but we should save that for another time. Let these words strengthen your heart.
Allow the peace of God fill you with ALL hope because Christ has promised us a heavenly home. He will call us homeward to be with Him – FOREVER! (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18)