With all the terrible shootings that are happening around the world and even here on America's soil, terror strikes the heart of most people. What do you think the reason is for people to be so terrified of death? Probably the biggest reason is they are not sure what takes place after death. Will you bear with me as I use the Bible to explain this subject. I will do my best although I am not a preacher, I have no fear of death and good reason. Here it is:
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
What are wages? Isn't it something that we earn for what we have done? So if we live a life of sin, then we have good reasons to fear death. If we live a life in Christ, we will have eternal life in Christ.
God has never asked us to believe in Him for no reason, nor has He asked us to live for Him for no reason. Jesus died for us that we might live eternally with Him. That is the reward for us that choose to live for Him and let Him clean up our life of sin. If we choose to live a life of sin, then the reward is death, eternal death. So there is good reason why He has made it His goal to save sinners from their sin, not in their sin.
John 6:13 "I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have not hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
Jesus called death a sleep in several places and the people laughed Him to scorn until they saw that He meant they were sleeping until He should call them forth from their death like sleep.
Do these words comfort you? They should, the price of redemption is cheap enough, to live for Christ is cheap enough for the reward He has promised to those who love Him and wait longingly for His second coming which is just around the corner. Those who die in the Lord are just sleeping in their graves until Jesus comes and He will raise them from their graves before He calls those who remain on earth that have lived for Him. There is no reason to believe that sinners are in heaven when He has asked us to give up our sinful life for a life of victory in Jesus.
What a great hope the Christians have to know that they are going to go up with Christ when He comes and live with Him forever. That's why I have no fear of death. If I die, it will only seem like seconds when I hear Jesus call me from my grave and my loved ones who have lived for Him too.
So if terrorists come, know that they can kill the body but not the soul that Jesus is saving for eternal life. He has promised and He will keep His promise, we just need to believe His promises and live for Him and our spirit will be calm no matter what comes or happens. I hope this has given you much hope and taken any fear or terror from your heart. Grandma Joan