And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (Revelation 21:2-6 ESV)
Death, almost everyone has some fear of death. For many it means not being able to complete our goals. For others it can be losing someone we depend on. For the unbeliever it means the end with nothing on the other side but ashes in an urn or a decaying corpse in a grave. For too many death is final and leads to nothing.
For the Christian though death is not the end but a transition. My friend Ginger thought so. She knew that while she was leaving her family and friend for a time that shortly she would see all of them again. For the believer death is not something to be feared but something to be embraced. It means an end to our earthly suffering and a new beginning with Jesus. In the next life we will no longer suffer, we will no longer feel fear or sorrow. There will be no more death but life and abundant life. We will finally be all that God intended us to be. No longer will we sin or even want to sin. No longer will we be jealous of our neighbor. We will not be subject to temptation. We will live on a New Earth and God will live with us. It will be glorious.
Have a blessed day,