By: Undre Griggs, Jr
Death comes for us all and none of us know the day or the hour. The unknown frequently brings about fear and anxiety, but should death be any different? We tend to try and prepare as best as we can for the unknown. In the case of death, we purchase life insurance policies, fill out wills, and buy burial plots. But can we ever truly do enough to be prepared for our physical death? Should we be worried and anxious about the unknown or should we focus on what we do know? We know that worrying will not add a single hour to our life, so ideally we should focus on what we do know about death.
We know that God created us with a soul:
Genesis 2:7 (KJV): "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
We know that our bodies are temporary and return to dust:
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NIV): and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
As a result of having a soul, we know that a physical death is not the end:
John 11:25 (NIV): Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Hosea 13:14 (NIV): “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?
We know that Jesus Christ died to free us from death and the snare of the devil:
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV): Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
And we know that death cannot keep us from God’s love:
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV): For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.