A Greater Death
“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him” (Romans 6.8-9 ESV).
If death is no longer master over Jesus, it is no longer master over us. Since we have died in Christ and have been raised to life again through Him, then the sting of death won’t bite us. But here we are talking about a death greater than the death of our mortal bodies. We are talking about the death that is separation from God—this kind of death will never touch those of us who have died in Christ. We are saved from eternal separation from God, which we call hell. Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He becomes our mediator, binding us eternally to a perfect God. We have been spiritually born into the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and when our mortal bodies die, we will live forever in the presence of God. Physical death is a scary proposition if we don’t know where we will live the rest of eternity. The weight of physical death should never overshadow the weight of our spiritual death. There is nothing wrong with taking care of the physical needs of others, but their spiritual well being should always be our prime focus. It is a sad thing when we feed, clothe and shelter the ones we love, but we never offer them eternal life through Jesus Christ. Physical death loses much of its sting when we know that we will be spending eternity with God in heaven.
“Then I heard a voice from heaven, saying, ‘Write these words: “From now on those who are dead who died belonging to the Lord will be happy.”’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will have rest from all their work. All the good things they have done will follow them’” (Revelation 14.13 NLV).