The End is the Beginning
What if there was a place where there was no suffering, no pain, no grief, no tears and no death. A place where there was no conflict, no hatred, no jealously and no treachery. A place where one could feel welcomed, safe, a place where we belonged, a place where we could call it our home. 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.” (Revelation 22:4 ESV).
The fact of life is that out of all the people that are living, all of them will die one day, yet most people are scared of death. No one was scared when they were born, yet they are scared of the day they will die. O death, why do you look so dreadful? “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV)
What if death wasn’t that scary at all? Some people are scared of darkness, but when you switch the light on, the fear just vanishes because now you can see everything clearly. Death is somewhat the same, it’s the unknown that scares people off, but if you knew where you were going, there is nothing to be scared off, but something that you eagerly anticipate.
As Christians, we know where we are going and we eagerly look forward to being with Jesus. I burst into tears the first time I listened to the song by Mercy Me, ‘I can only imagine’. At that time my husband and I were driving up to the mountain on a snowy day in winter. It was my first time in the snow. Seeing the fern trees covered in snow was a breathtaking sight. I felt I was already in heaven.
When you think of the best day in your life, you think of that special time, when you accomplished something, when your dreams came true, an awesome moment in your life. For all of us that are in Jesus Christ, we know that the best is yet to come. We know that the day we die is not the end, but the beginning of our life with Jesus. Jesus promises, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25 NIV).
We know that while we are still living we belong to Jesus and in death we belong to Him. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s (Romans 14:8 ESV)