Since we, God’s children, are human beings—made of flesh and blood—He became flesh and blood too by being born in human form; for only as a human being could He die and in dying break the power of the devil who had the power of death. Only in that way could he deliver those who through fear of death have been living all their lives as slaves to constant dread. Hebrews 2:14,15 TLB
It was out of love that God sent His Son to the earth in the form of a man. Jesus was obedient to God’s will for His life and willingly went to the cross so you could be free from the oppression of the devil. After He died and went to hell, He took the keys of hell and death away from Satan. (Rev. 1:18.)
Because Jesus now has the keys of death, you no longer have to fear dying. You know what is beyond the veil of death. When the time comes, you can confidently cross over into eternity. Likewise, when a family member or friend crosses over to the other side, you know that they are in a much better place. They are not gone forever. It is only a matter of time when you will see them again. Your eyes have now been opened to see that Jesus is there to welcome your family, friends, and you into heaven.
Sorrow Not as Those Who Have No Hope
We should not allow grief to consume us when a loved one or a close friend has died. Your life should not end when someone else dies. Remember, that individual would want you to continue living to your fullest potential. Even in situations where someone has been murdered or died in a senseless accident, it’s important that you use the pain you feel to propel you forward rather than letting your life end by being consumed with grief and depression.
In the beginning, it may be difficult; but as you keep moving forward, you will eventually be able to help others who have gone through similar situations. In the following verses, the Apostle Paul shares what happens to a Christian when the individual dies. He did not want the person left behind to “be full of sorrow.” He also goes on to describe a future event that will affect everyone on the earth.
And now, dear brothers, I want you to know what happens to a Christian when he dies so that when it happens, you will not be full of sorrow, as those are who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: that we who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet Him ahead of those who are in their graves. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul- stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet-call of God. And the believers who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord. Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with this news. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 TLB
The latter verses describe what is called the Rapture. This is a time when the physical bodies of Christians will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. Even the bodies of those who have died will be resurrected. Those who are alive will be changed in a moment. In the twinkling of an eye, they will be transformed into glorified bodies. This is a word of encouragement. The Bible says to comfort one another with these words. There is a great future ahead for you and for all believers.
– Death is not the End