“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” —Philippians 1:21
The first lesson the Bible teaches is that death is the punishment for sin, (“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17 NKJV )
Death came into being only as the result of sin. If people had not sinned, they would have lived in their natural state forever. We only have little preview into what life would have been like, as people lived close to a thousand years; this tell us that when God created the world it was in perfect state: He created Adam and Eve perfect beings in His own image and likeness (Gen. 1:27). But once they sinned, things were never the same again, and death came into the world. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17, 19 NKJV
Apostle Paul put it this way: ” … sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all men sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Then, in Romans 6:23, he added, “The wages of sin is death.”
The second important lesson is that death is not the end. Because God created us in His image, He gave us souls that are immortal. This means that when we are out of this dust called body, our real essence (soul) lives on.
The third lesson the Bible teaches about death is that God Himself became man to deliver you and me from its clutches. So not only did God become man, but also as man He died for us all!
Here we find what perhaps is one of the most stupendous Truth about Jesus: He came to deliver us from the fear of death. This confirms Isaiah prophecy, which says, “He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.
” Isaiah 25:8 NKJV; 1Cor.15:55-57
The fourth lesson we learn from Scripture is that Jesus, the God-man, rose from the dead so that we too may one day have a resurrection. Jesus offers eternal life to everybody. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John 11:25 NKJV
How then, should you handle the prospect of your own death? My answer is, act now; do not wait until it is too late. It is so simple. The people in Jerusalem asked after Apostle Peter’s message to them, “what shall we do?” Acts 2:37-39 The answer has not changed. Repent, Acknowledge before God that you are a sinner; thank Him for sending His Son into the world to taste death for you (Heb. 2:9), and receive Him as your Savior and Lord. You may then face death without fear, for you will have eternal life.
The good song says, “because He lives, I also live.”