John 11:25-26 (NKJV)
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
These days, not many preachers and pastors deal with talking about death. Everyone fears death, but we can choose to know that we must die, and not fear it, if we’re in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NKJV)
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”
Death is an unpleasant subject. No one wants to die, but die we must.
Covid brought about an awareness of our own mortality. But beyond Covid, people die of other ailments. People die in their sleep. People die of “natural causes.” Natural causes like wearing down of critical body parts that keep us alive.
Ecclesiastes 8:8 (NKJV)
“No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit,
And no one has power in the day of death.
There is no release from that war,
And wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.”
For years, among a particular sect of Christianity, healing and divine health is preached vigorously. Men and women are suffering just like during the times of Jesus, and even before.
However, death still comes, even after healing takes place.
Therefore, healing and health will eventually fail, and people will still die.
The most important thing that preachers should do is share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, we can still pray and ask the Lord for what He’s promised in His Word, but we need to do “first thing’s first.”
Preach repentance from dead works and faith towards God.
Healing and restoration of health is temporary and postpones the inevitable.
Look at what Paul said.
Philippians 1:21 (NKJV)
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Paul looked at death as a means of gain.
Remember in 2 Corinthians 12 when Paul was caught up to the 3rd heaven?
From this advantage, Paul knew that after death, there’s a hereafter.
Proverbs 23:17-18 (NKJV)
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Why did death come?
Death isn’t a part of life because you have to qualify the answer. Why does death want to take my life?
Just because you may not believe in God and the Bible, it doesn’t stop death from coming.
Notice the next few Scriptures.
Romans 5:12 (NKJV)
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…”
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
Galatians 3:22 (NKJV)
“But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”
Remember Adam transgressed God’s commandment. The penalty for willful violation of the command was death (see Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:17-19).
God showed how serious it was to transgress His commandment. All Adam had to do was to be satisfied with the trees of the Garden and not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Many will ask the question.
“Why couldn’t God just judge Adam alone and start all over again?”
Because He knew that man would eventually eat of this tree. So in His eternal and infinite wisdom, He’s confined all under sin. His righteous standard had to be appeased. So He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to live a sinless life, and to shed His sinless blood to satisfy the righteous requirement of His law.
Because God’s requirement to save man is to shed sinless innocent blood to redeem man. To completely pay for sinful man’s penalty. This is God’s love, compassion, mercy and grace. Designed by God to spare man of His justified wrath.
Even believers in Christ must die, but we live again because we see how sinful we were, and we choose to fall on the mercy of the Lord to have our penalty lifted so we could have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 says…
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Men in sin is paid wages for the sins committed, but when we repent (turn 180) of sin and revert to God, God will have mercy on us and we pass from death to life.
Add up the religions of this world and compare them to God’s Word.
None of them sent someone to pay the debt that we owe. All of them are works based related. In other words, you earn your way into heaven after death. You do good works that will outweigh your bad works, but God sent His Son to do the work for us.
That’s why Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”
Which means that the debt has been paid in full and man can’t do anything apart from God to earn his way out of the penalty of sin to enter into heaven after death.
“For by grace (unmerited favor) are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
“…not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
This is from Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5.
Therefore, the fear of death is dealt a severe fatal blow.
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NKJV)
“…He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (NKJV)
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We that are in Christ have this full assurance of faith in God, because “It is impossible for God to lie.”
Therefore, when our it’s time, our bodies will be buried, but one day, our mortal bodies will be raised from the dead, and our born again spirit man will come back into our resurrected bodies, to live with Christ forever.
1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV)
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.“