Death: An Unwelcome Visitor

“Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:24-27).

Most Christians know something of the main Bible story line. Man was given an opportunity to obey God, he failed; with sad consequences for him and the entire human race. One of these consequences was death. The very term “death” reminds us of things we don’t like to think about or discuss. But the Bible points us to the only hope of conquering death, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Death enters the human race as a most unwelcome visitor. Paul, in this passage, calls it an “enemy,” even the “last enemy.” We think it’s quite natural for man to die, since we witness it all the time. But death entered the world as a sad consequence of sin and disobedience. God actually created man to live forever.

James defines death as the separation of the soul or spirit from the body:

“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26).

Science may declare a person “brain dead,” but death takes places when God removes the soul from the body. The body then appears lifeless because it is. It has lost the breath of life, and cannot resuscitate itself back to life. Onlookers view a body at a funeral and conclude that person met his or her end. But actually the end has not yet occurred. Job uttered “if a man dies will he live again?” (Job 14:14). Indeed he will. All of us will live forever in one place or the other (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15; 1 John 5:12).

Sometimes we hear statements about the departed, “Oh, now they will no longer suffer.” But indeed our only hope is Jesus Christ, who has conquered the grave and, in fact, came to abolish death (2 Timothy 1:10). One day God will banish death altogether (Revelation 21:4).

Christians need to consider a couple of things:

1. Count your days, knowing the time is short.
Whether we die, or go to be with the Lord, the clock is ticking. Have we made our days count? Do we live for eternity, or the things of this world?

2. Share with others the glorious hope of life eternal.
Most people live only for today, but acknowledge that they will one day die. When they consider death, they view it as final. We carry the life-changing message of Christ, a message that also changes a person’s destiny. We have a great message to share!

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