As a bible-believing Christian, I knew that my brother John would die someday but I never imagined that he would die so young and abruptly (at the age of 40). Many worldviews are content with rationalizing death as a natural part of life. They tell us that death is necessary and even warn us of the dire consequences of a world without death. Death is supposed to be the solution for overpopulation. Death is alleged to be the driving force behind human evolution. Death, we are told, is something that we must get used too since we will all face it someday.
However, the Bible treats death in a somewhat different manner. The Bible does confirm that all indeed must die but In 1 Corinthians 15 God actually calls death an enemy. God tells us that Christ came to defeat death by dying on the cross and that “in Christ shall all be made alive.” God speaking through the prophet Hosea says:
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.”
Looking forward to that day when Jesus tells us that all who are dead will hear the voice of God and live, 1 Corinthians 15 declares:
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The apostle Paul says that anyone who believes that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures of the Bible will be resurrected to a new life without condemnation and will spend eternity in the glorious kingdom of God. Because my brother John believed these simple words which the Bible calls the Gospel, 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that though my brother John is absent from his body, he is at this moment present with the Lord, and is the better for it.
As a believer, my brother John would want us all to know of the glory which awaits those who trust in Christ. He would want us to know that his earthly life was plagued with sin and imperfection but that his faith in the Gospel was the only thing required to escape the guilty verdict which awaits us all.
He would want me to inform those here of the good news which has secured his citizenship in the new heaven and earth which God will unveil someday.
John would want me to encourage us to embrace the good news that Jesus came and died for our sins so that by merely trusting in the love of that truth, we too will someday arise, not unto condemnation, but unto an everlasting victory.
John, I WILL see you again and what a day of rejoicing that will be,
when we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory!