Fear of death is a common fear within humanity. There are some that don’t fear but they should & on the converse side some do fear but should not at the level they are. For those who have been born into this world there is a guarantee that they will also pass. There are certain things that frighten and trouble people in general and death is usually at the top of the list. These fears and particularly the fears of death are typically exacerbated by the realities of the end. Whe people are sick, or “too young”, are not ordinary, and are unexpected. The End of life & relationships is something that Christians can be confident that they can grieve and yet still believe. The hope Christian’s have is based upon truth and based upon eternal life with the creator of the heavens and the earth.
Genuine Christian believers should not fear death because of who Jesus was, is, and will be. The grief of death is something that non believers should be experiencing but also don’t have an answer for. Grief of death can be something believers go through but the question is for how long? What does bereavement look like for those so believe in an eternal relationship with their creator. Grief will be a part of all death but for the Christian believer, there is hope, joy, and comfort which surpasses our human understanding. The lords perfect will does not always make perfect sense. There is hope in life and death.
Resurrection Theology tells us that there is a future and a present for those who believe and are forgiven. The power of God has saved through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We are not too fear death as the End of everything, we are to grieve with the hope that surpasses understanding. This is because of the resurrection power of Jesus which the Gospel message speaks to. In the grieving process we are to look to truth, and in our belief we will see the glory of God. In the painful trials our faith will be tested and we will have to run the race and go through hard times. Running this race is massively different with belief compared to when those run it without belief.
During the times of death we need to be people who can say; “I am grieving but believing. I am sorrowful but hopeful. I am sad but joyous.” Our response to trials needs to demonstrate that we believe, and we will be blessed when we live out this belief. Our creator will comfort and lead through the grief of death.
John 11:25-26 – “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die..”