When We Die

We are afraid to die because we cannot see beyond this present world. Death reduces all of us to the same rank. It strips the rich of their millions and the poor of their rags. Death knows no age limits, no partiality. It is that which all men fear.
For some, it is the process of dying that is so frightful; even the most devout are susceptible to this fear. King David said, “Terrors of death assail me” (Psalm 55:4). The disciples cried out to the Lord, “Save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25).
For others it is the uncertainty of what happens after they die, so that death carries with it a sense of dread. It is the enemy—the great, mysterious monster that makes people quake with fear. Yet when it came time for David to die, he expressed assurance of the afterlife and “spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay” (Acts 2:31). The disciples, who had once feared death on the Sea of Galilee, crisscrossed the world proclaiming that death had been swallowed up in victory because of Christ’s resurrection.Why live in a sea of despair when you can live knowing that, after death, life can be experienced as it was originally intended—in fellowship with our Creator and our Lord? This is the confidence that Christians possess. Death marks the beginning of a new and wonderful life in Heaven with Christ that will last forever. To the believer, death is merely the gateway to eternal life, where “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

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