Death and mortality has burdened my mind recently. Family members and close friends who have passed on. Others struggling with illness, memory loss, addiction, and terminal diagnoses. Someone once said,
“We all have a terminal diagnosis. But only some of us have been notified.”
There is truth in that saying. We all will face death someday. But what we face after death is the real concern: “…it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27, ESV)
My impending Judgment Day is one of the reasons I adore 1 Corinthians chapter 15. The chapter begins with the Gospel that saves me from eternal death and ends with this glorious description of the believer’s future resurrection to eternal life.
“Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54–57, NLT)
We have all sinned. And the result of that sin is the death of our mortal bodies and the punishment of our eternal souls. But Jesus gives the believer victory over sin and death. Jesus’ righteousness is given to you when you by faith accept His death as the wrath satisfying sacrifice for your sins. His resurrection guarantees your future resurrection (John 14.19).
Death and mortality have burdened my mind lately. But for those family and friends who have placed their faith in Christ alone for their salvation there are wondrous glories that await them. I will selfishly miss them for the time being, but I have a confident expectation to see them again before the throne of God.
But for those who have rejected the loving gift of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross… their death will mean eternal separation from God. No matter how long they linger in my memories, I will never see them again. Oh that people would repent of their sin and trust the Savior!
A glorious resurrection awaits those who place their faith in Christ! If you have never done that, won’t you do it today?
Further reading: Rom. 3.23-25a; Rom. 5.6-11; John 14.19; 2Thes. 1.3-10
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.