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Dealing With Our Problems Biblically: Fear of Death, Part 4

June 10, 2015

Grace to you! We’ve been looking at the reasons we fear death. This week we seek to understand the fear of suffering and pain in our death with the biblical hope we are given in scripture.

We all hope to leave this world as we go to sleep one night and never wake up. We’d prefer to not know death is coming or even feel its pains. We want to just slip out of this world into the next world very easily. But very people have this experience. Many times we know our death is coming. Our bodies and health have slowly deteriorated. Simple things like getting ourselves out of bed now become a major obstacle if not impossible. Pain creeps upon our bodies and overtakes us. How can we face such moments with hope? What does scripture say to us in times like this? As always, scripture gives us perspective about our death even in the midst of pain and suffering.

Pain can be intense when facing death. But no matter how great the pain, the joy that awaits the believer in Jesus Christ far outweighs the hurt we go through here. Paul says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 1:18) Further he says, “We groan inwardly awaiting the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22,23) As Christians, we await the salvation of our bodies at the resurrection. So current sufferings and our response to them are our heart cries desiring to be clothed with physical resurrection immortality! Our groaning in this world reminds we are not designed to suffer but to live in the fullness of life before God. So let our pain remind us of the greater glory and joy that awaits us!

Further our pain helps detach us from a love of this world. It is God taking our security away here so that we are ready to leave this world behind and be with our Redeemer. The Puritan preacher Thomas Watson said it well, “Death is the last and best physician, which cures all diseases and sins – the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world; and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer!”

Finally, scripture advises us to take medicine to help dull the pains of our broken bodies. (See 1 Timothy 5:23) Thankfully, we have many medicines to help keep back the full assault and pains of death. Medicine is a gift from the Lord to alleviate some of the consequences of the bitter sting of death. But the greatest healing comes when Jesus says to His people “Live!” Then death, disease, and pain are no more when He returns! Do you know Jesus and the forgiveness of sins? Will you be raised to live with Him forever or die in your sins and be under God’s wrath forever? Turn to Jesus today!

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