Job called it the King of Terrors. An aging David cried out“My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me”. The disciples shouted to Jesus,“Lord, save us! We are going to drown!”All of these men believed and followed God; some knew Christ face to face. Yet, all were scared to death of dying. Why does it frighten us so?
Fear of the unknown is man’s greatest fear; and death is the king of all unknowns. Sensing—but not knowing—when death will come; not knowing how or where death will occur; and not knowing what death will feel like; we dread the day that death will come unannounced, to knock on our door. ‘King Death’ marks the day of our birth and initiates the count down. We can feel it silently waiting in the shadows; biding time, it haunts our dreams. Death becomes the unwelcome caller that snatches us away from our bodies, takes us away from our families, friends, and the world we love-into unknown territory-alone.
So we hang on tightly to what we understand. No matter how sick, tired, or miserable we may be, we don’t want to let go of what we know. We put the reality of our own demise in the recesses of our mind; where we don’t have to think about it. But denial doesn’t change the fact that we will all cease to live in these bodies one day.
Living in fear is no way to live. An important step toward overcoming the dread of dying is to deal with the fact that it will happen to you and then get ready for the trip. Put your affairs in order while you’re in good health, so that your loved ones won’t be additionally burdened while grieving your loss. Write out your funeral arrangements and discuss them with your loved ones. Prepare a will, and leave other detailed instructions in a designated place to get things ready in advance. These are all practical matters that we all need to do now to help avoid family turmoil later, and will help free us from worry.
Are you afraid to die? It might help ease your fear to know why we must die and to know what happens to us after death. The bible has much to say about this subject. It soothed my mind to know that death will not end the fundamental nature of who we are. After death, you and I will recognize those who died before us and they will recognize us. We will have the ability to communicate, to see, hear, taste and feel as we do now-but better. We will fully understand what we can’t understand now.
God’s original plan was that we live with Him forever. But since flesh and blood can’t go into spiritual territory the body must be left behind. Death is our destiny because as long as our spirits are encased in physical bodies, immortality is impossible for us. When we close our eyes for the last time on earth we will awaken to the place we have reserved for ourselves. This reservation is made in advance by saying‘Yes’ or ‘No’to one question. The question is this…“Do you believe that Christ is the only sacrifice God will accept for the forgiveness of your sins, and that He died so that you could have eternal life?”John 3:18 tells us“No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned.”
If we don’t accept Christ as our Savior we have chosen the devil by default. Hell is real and it is a place of enduring torment that no one should choose to inhabit, and there are no second chances to come back and do things right. After death comes eternity. We will go to a place where there is unending torment, pain, remorse, grief, and fear.
Death is not what we should fear. Christ said“I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after killing the body, has power to throw you in the lake of fire.”He told the disciples,”For I will live again, and you will too.”Death is the enemy that overtakes man, but had no power over Christ. Both death and Satan were overcome the day Christ arose from the grave. We can be delivered from the fear of death if only we will believe that Christ made it possible for us to live forever through belief in Him.
How can we be sure that we are heaven-bound? Through our membership in a church? Through our religious rituals? Through our good works? Not according to the bible. The bible says that the ONLY way to the Father is through belief in the Son. Death can be your ticket to paradise. Please check your ticket and confirm your reservation.