Bugs? Heights? Dogs? I am particularly afraid of spiders. If there’s one in the room, I can’t focus until someone slays the nasty little beast.
Something that always tends to steal the courage from mankind is death. Death is a disastrous occurrence because of our sin and sooner or later, everyone will have to encounter death. No one likes to think about it. I remember when I first experienced death. My grandfather went home to heaven when I was eight. I really began to understand what death meant. I couldn’t see my grandfather, or hear his laugh, or feel his arms around me in a warm embrace.
There’s plenty of reason to be afraid of death. It separates us from the ones we love.
But God has assured us that we don’t have to be afraid of it. The apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans says “for I am convinced that neither death…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:38-39 NIV)
I was singing a worship song with a group of students the other day and was struck by the phrase “No fear in death. This is the power of Christ in me.” It’s a shocking and odd way of thinking: No fear in death?
Yes, because of Christ’s death on the cross, God defeated what’s been plaguing mankind since the fall. Death has lost its sting. There’s no need to fear.
Eventually, I’ll be with Christ forever, and I can see my grandfather again.
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