It’s very difficult to face our own mortality. Many people ignore death. They realize that death is a certainty but they don’t want to think about it. This is why many people don’t make wills. They don’t want to think beyond their own existence. It’s very difficult to think that one day we won’t be here.
Perhaps an even greater number of people fear death. For many death is their greatest fear. It is the great unknown. We don’t know how we will die, whether it will be quick, or painful, or the result of a long illness.
The Christian response is to face death. How can anyone face death? It’s not because we have more courage than other people, but it’s because of our faith in Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus, we believe that our Lord Jesus Christ (who is God incarnate) died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead. He has conquered death.
He tells us “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 shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Though we may die physically, if our faith is in the living Christ, we believe that we will live with Jesus for all of eternity. This gives us tremendous hope.
In a now famous quote, Billy Graham once said, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivotal event of all of human history. If Jesus did actually rise from the dead after being crucified, nothing else really matters and it will change the way you live your life.
I am so personally convinced of the truth of the resurrection that my whole life is devoted to telling people about Jesus Christ. I know Him, love Him, and have a personal relationship with Him. He is really risen from the dead and He is alive.
What do you believe about life after death?