Do Not Fear Death

Fear enslaves.

Love liberates.

Jesus became one with us in death that we might become one with Him in resurrection.  He knows the fear that death brings.  The death that we all know that we will encounter one day casts its long shadow back into our present reality.  Even when death is not near, the fear of it is never very far away.  For this reason, Jesus sends us to proclaim the message of His victory over death.  His will is that no one be afraid of death for He has transformed it from a doorway to oblivion into a doorway to heaven.  (Everyone Is Going to Heaven .)

Therefore, do not fear death…for yourself, or for anyone else.  Death is graduation day!  We move from earth to heaven.  (Those who graduate with honors are those who live in moral excellence, imitating Jesus with their attitudes and motivations.)

Replace your fear of death with faith in God.  In this relationship with God you will be liberated from the slavery to fear so that you can live in the love of God (and win honors from Him in this life and the next).

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2 Responses to Do Not Fear Death

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    Psychologists say that any fear we might feel could be reduced to the fear of death. As for me at least, I suppose they must be wrong since I do fear from time to time though I am looking forward to my own death.
    You really hit the nail on the head, Mike, because it was His love that liberated me. When I began to hope for eternal life with Jesus, I felt that the fear of death vanished completely. Nevertheless, I do fear for example that my daughter could die a horrible death and the like.

    Also, feeling alone, that is, without God, can be a frightening experience too, as we can see looking at Jesus’ disciples who were alone at night in their wavering boat. Not that as well, although Jesus appeared later, they couldn’t make him out straightaway. Therefore, though God was with them, they didn’t know it until Jesus revealed His identity to them by saying,

    “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” (Mt 14:27)

    It is so often that we can read about Jesus’ consolatory assurance that He will be there for us. To me, there ain’t no other person than our Lord Jesus Christ who stands for ‘the promise to be our dream catcher to chase away every fear’, even if He sometimes appears to be a scary ghost in our dark and troubled night in uncharted waters. Yet Jesus also promised to turn the light on,

    “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Jn 8:12)

    Then we can see Him how he really is, that is, when we have eyes to see the most kind and gracious face of Him who is standing next to us…always and forever! Nobody is gonna love you like He who can be the One to bring so much joy to you.
    Also, any other identity we might have than our true identity that is found in our friend Jesus Christ will self-destruct… I am dead certain about it, and I admit that demolition of self feels anything but pleasant, yet the good thing is that it will surely pass. However, I know how dark and hopeless the darkness can be.

    Don’t worry when you feel you’ve lost it all! Maybe you even don’t know who you are any more. Even if God appears to be absent, He is working in our hearts by pruning the branches (Jn 15:2) to make more room for Himself. The darker the night feels, the brighter the light that blinds us, though it often only brings us to tears. More of God means less of us; that process of catharsis is painful and liberating at the same time. In the beginning we only taste the pain, but in the course of time the liberating power of Christ’s Spirit will show its fruit (Gal 5:22-23). His Love’s pure delight guaranteed, indeed, because He just wants to be the One to make you happy!

  2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    Like sunflower seeds waiting for the right moment to see the light of day
    We must wait until dawn of our fears since Heaven simply has its own way

    Do we deserve such a love that can move heaven and earth?
    Maybe not, yet He has an everlasting love for His bride submitting to Him that endlessly shines… 😉

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