August 9th, 2016
Is Death as a Closed Book or A New Chapter?
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21 KJV)
The message of death held fast to in this world routinely revolves around is exactly the opposite of the message intended in scripture.
Many would say that to “live it up” in this world is far better than to die. In fact, many waste precious time worrying about the advent of their own death because it is unknown. Try as they might to know death is an unknown time, and place, which will definitely occur sometime in the future.
People also fret and worry about the unknowns of death for other persons in close relation to them. Many people try hard to keep the fear of death from assailing them, doing so they desperately try to hold onto their youthful image and spry bodies rather than appearing aged and coming to terms with growing older and eventually succumbing to death.
Death comes suddenly and unexpectedly but what happens at the moment of death is clearly recorded in God’s Word. The child of God has knowledge about the reality of death by knowing and applying God’s Word. He or she may not have all details concerning death but has placed his faith in God concerning the finer spiritual points about death and the eternal realm.
To the world death is always seen as the end of the line, or as a period placed at the end of every life. Sadly, that mindset is far from the truth of death and eternity found in God’s Word. Individuals who possess assurance of eternal life are excited to one day soon leave this earth and reside forever in perfect fellowship with God. Death is viewed as a bonus, a new chapter, a spiritual blessing as seen through the eternal lens of God and His Son Jesus Christ.
When death is seen as an end, a closed book, and to a destiny unknown it brings doubt, fear, and sorrow to those who have no concrete answers concerning life after death.