Death seems so final to many people. People pay their condolences and go about their daily tasks. It isn’t that people don’t care, and it isn’t until it happens to you until the blunt of it all, offsets your routine. It is so ironic that death makes people think about life. When we were planning out the funeral today, it is not what we want to say, but what did Johnnie say. It is his life that actually preaches his funeral.
I Corinthians 15:55 O death where is your victory, where is your sting.
Death is terrible to the unbelieving and the unremorseful. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold with all its power. Death to a believer however is actually life, for eternal. We all should seek the full assurance of faith and hope, even in the midst of pain as we face death; we may remain calm instead of fear about the grave. One thing Johnnie said many times is “Don’t be afraid of dying”. We should, as believers are rest assured that our bodies will sleep but our souls are present with our Redeemer Jesus Christ.
Sin is what gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin, but Jesus has taken out this sting. He has made atonement for sin; he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. No one can follow all its rules, endure its curse, or do away with disobedience on their own. Death only kills the one who never changes his ways. There is not only one death in the body but also death in the soul. We all should resist the temptation of sin in which brings forth death, soul death. We should rise above pleasing self, die out to self and think upon the Kingdom here on earth. We should take every opportunity to share our faith and improve someone else’s life. We can begin to see our lives, our status, our wealth, our homes, our work, our resources for what they really are. They are just a position for sharing Christ. He allows you to have what you have to reach others. He has allowed your past experiences to happen, to reach others. If we all can change our personal destination from grave to Kingdom, then Christ will give us the faith in knowing we will be safe in the time of death, joyful and triumphant on the other side. If you are afraid of death start real living. Make a difference today. Why just live for the sting of death when you can die today for life everlasting.