September 14th, 2018
A Different Sorrow About Death
1 Thessalonians 4:13 (KJB) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
Yes, professing Christians do sorrow about death.
Remember Jesus Christ’s personal sorrow at the death of His close friend Lazarus. God saw fit to have this tender moment recorded as an example for us in the death of our close friends and family members.
It is true, a Christian’s sorrow is different from that of spiritually lost people’s grief about the death of saved friends and loved ones.
Because a sincere Christian certainly grieves death, but he or she also has a lasting hope anchored securely in the eternal nature of God. Sadness about the death of a saved loved one lasts but a moment, then his or her focus is upon the eternal nature of God who lives forever. It is this eternal spiritual nature that gives a man or woman of God unbreakable hope, even in facing the physical death of their own or of other saved souls of family and friends.
The death of a loved one who appears not to be saved greatly grieves the heart of a man or woman of God. However, once death happens a child of God recognizes there is nothing that can be changed about the eternal address for a lost soul inside the fires of hell. Only God knows the eternal destination for every heart.
Death, to an unsaved person, is an unknown or unrecognized element of life. An event which will not happen to them anytime soon, or so they renationalize. However, you can be certain that death will happen to every person (Hebrews 9:27) at a time of God’s choosing, or that He divinely allows to happen.
A regenerated child of God will live forevermore tucked inside the power and presence of God. God has already won certain victory over death and has the gift of a perpetual joy-filled life waiting for you, for your family, and for your friends to open and personally accept.