Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and we shall rise with Him.
As Christians, this is our hope and our confidence. This is what we mean by living. This is our life in living and in dying.
Because of this, there is no reason for us to fear or avoid death. There is no reason for us to try to do whatever we can to put death off for as long as possible. For Christians, death is the consummation of life, the fulfillment of life, the entry into an experience of life more full and abundant. It is an event to be greeted with joy, to which to look forward. If we truly believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, that we shall see Him upon death, and that we will be raised with Him to live forever with Him, then there is no reason for us to want to defer death, to escape death for the present moment, to flee from death.
This shapes our entire lives. Continue reading “The Resurrection, Christian Death, and Prayer”