1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 42-58
Note the comfort and encouragements John 14:1-2 and Revelation 21:4 can provide for those who are dealing with death.
Why is death so hard even when we place our trust in Jesus? What promise from God's Word brings you the most comfort as you consider the finality of death?
During a recent 3-week stay in the hospital, I met Kathy. She shared her grave medical condition and her strong faith—an unflinching belief in Jesus. She loved Him and trusted Him, but she also knew she was heading home to hospice care. Her days on earth were counting down. As my wife and I talked with Kathy, we learned of her sadness in having to leave her teenage son and husband. The joy of soon being united with Jesus was mixed with the sorrow of having to let go.
Like Kathy, unless Jesus returns, all of us will face the day when our physical life will end. What will it take for us to avoid sorrow “like people who have no hope”? (1 Thessalonians 4:13). The apostle Paul gives us some excellent reasons in 1 Corinthians 15:
• Jesus died, but He rose again! — Our faith is based in the One who has conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:4,21,57). Paul himself said, “I also saw [Jesus]” after His resurrection.
• After death comes new life! — There is hope past the grave, for faith in Jesus leads to eternal life with Him. “Everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
• Jesus gives us victory! — Instead of spending our last days on earth filled with dread, we can experience the supernatural peace, power, and perspective that Jesus alone provides (1 Corinthians 15:55,57).
There can be true hope and anticipation for those who are facing death. I saw it in Kathy’s face and heard it in her words. A “strong and immovable” (1 Corinthians 15:58) faith is often formed in the fires of pain and adversity.
When it’s time, may God help us to release those we love into His faithful care as our days on earth draw to a close. We can trust Him with our future.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Esther 1:1-22
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