The Christian View of Death
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"John 11:25-26
Jesus states we live even if we die and we never die, if we believe in him. We are created by God and destined to live with him forever. We are created as body, soul, and spirit. Our body is like wearing a suit; it comes from earth and will return to the earth because our body is temporary. Our soul is our personality, our mind – thoughts and emotions, and our soul is eternal. The spirit for a Christian is the Holy Spirit who remains with us forever.
The statement, “will live even if he dies,” is telling us after our last breath our soul separates from our body along with our conscious thought. Don’t be surprised if your soul closely resembles your body. And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Our flesh returns to earth and our spirit (soul) returns to God, for those who have accepted Christ.
When Christ returns he will gather his people from the four corners of the world and take us home to be with him in heaven forever. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The souls of the dead in Christ will leave paradise to meet the Lord in the air, and for those presently living on earth their souls will leave there body and will meet the Lord in the clouds. We will now have a new spiritual body designed for living in the heavenly world. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. (I Corinthians 15:51-53) We will maintain our identity with our new eternal body just Jesus maintained his identity after he arose from the grave.
So how does a Christian view death? A Christian never experiences death, just a transition from the earthly body to the eternal body. However we will experience death of the body which can sometimes be painful, both for the person dying and for close love ones. A Christian doesn’t fear death and looks forward to going home to be with Lord, just like the apostle Paul. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. (Philippians 1:23-24) A Christian does not fear death, but has a strong desire to depart and be with Christ, but to remain in the flesh is more necessary. For a Christian everyday is opportunity to witness for Christ.
Today know you have eternal life and you will live forever. Your eternal life started when you accepted Christ, it’s your heavenly life that doesn’t start until your flesh dies. Today be comforted knowing heaven is your home and let that comfort be seen by others.
Prayer: Lord thank you for my eternal home and let the joy be seen in me. Let your love and peace, always be seen in me, over and above what is happening in the world. Let my love for you come through my faith, and increase my faith today and every day. In Jesus name, Amen