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Death is the greatest enemy of all: one from which nobody can escape. Throughout history there has been no escape from death. We cannot live forever as things stand.Arlington Memorial Day

Death Sentence

The first death sentence was passed by God on the first man Adam, after his sin in the Garden of Eden. But the more you think about it, you might decide that death is not really such a bad thing! It means that evil people do not live forever. True, it also means that good people die as well – but you can’t have it both ways. You really wouldn’t want the Hitler’s of this life to be around still, wreaking havoc on Jews and gypsies, would you?

Our limited life span also means that whoever we are, we have to make the best use of our time here, and as the Bible says, to “Teach us to number our days, that we might apply our hearts to wisdom” (Psalm 90:12) ie. what is life really about and how can we make the most of this short life we are given?

What Is Death?

Death is the opposite of life. The first man was created by God. He was perfectly formed, but was not breathing for he was lifeless.

Old Church GraveyardThe Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7).

At death the exact opposite happens. Our breath comes out of us for the last time, and the body becomes lifeless. The dead body returns to the earth, and reverts to the same dust from which Adam was made. The Bible explains that death is a sleep. Just as we didn’t know that we were asleep last night in bed, so the dead do not know they are dead:

For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks? (Psalm 6:5).

For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9:5–6).

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Death is Death!

From these and many other Scriptures it is perfectly obvious that our thoughts, our emotions, and in fact our whole life is concluded when we die.

Of course, it might be great to think that life resumes immediately on death – but that is not what the Bible teaches. Death is the end of our existence until Jesus returns, and then the dead will be raised (see Daniel 12;1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14). The Lord Jesus is to judge those who have known sufficient about him in their lifetime, and will give them a place in his Kingdom if they are counted worthy (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Is There an After-Life?

Yes, of course there is.

❖Abraham was promised that he and his family would own the land that he was looking at, forever (Genesis 13:15) – but for now he’s dead. He is asleep in death, waiting for the resurrection.

❖David was told by God that he would see his Son (Jesus) reigning on his throne for ever (2

Samuel 7:16) – but David too is dead.

None of this is any problem to God. He made Adam out of the dust of the ground, He raised Jesus out of the garden tomb, so surely He will keep His word and raise Abraham and David  to life again.

When Jesus was here on earth he performed many miracles. All of them proved that he had God’s power, and therefore the miracles were a foretaste of the coming Kingdom. They were a sort of visual aid to demonstrate and expand the Lord’s teaching. During his ministry Jesus raised three people to life:

Jairus’ daughter in Capernaum – who had only just died (Luke 8:40-56)

The widow of Nain’s son who was being carried to his funeral (Luke 7:11-17)

Lazarus of Bethany – who had been dead for four days (John 11:1-45)

The Lord was demonstrating his ability to raise the dead, whether they had only fallen asleep in the last hour, the last day, or four days ago. And he has that same ability or power today.

Safely Asleep

Just as we didn’t know that we were asleep in bed at 2 or 3am this morning, so we didn’t know that we had been asleep for 4 or 7 hours. In the same way Abraham, David, and other believers who died several thousand years ago don’t know that they are dead.

Long ago a man named Job had complete confidence in God. Even though things were troubling him, he fully believed that the Lord God would raise him from the dead when he wrote these words:

And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God… (Job 19:26).

Job’s sleep has been a long one, for he lived about 4,000 years ago.

But he died in faith. He believed in the resurrection, and one day soon, Job, Abraham, David and our loved ones will be brought out of their graves.

Jesus will be here, and at long last there will be no more death. That means real peace!

By David Simpson

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