What Takes Place In Death?

Death for Christian is to fall asleep in the arms of Jesus and waking up and finding out that you are home. 

– Alistair Begg.

The first time I saw death with my two eyes was when I found my grandfather in the washroom after a heart attack. I remember the event vividly in my mind. Furthermore, I think it was a driving force for me to pursue a nursing career. Looking back to that memory, I could have done something to change the outcome of that day. But who was I kidding, I was just nine years old when that happened. But what takes place when we die?

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Job 14:10-13. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Matthew 28:11-13: Our Salvation Is In The Gospel Of Jesus Christ

Job Understands Death

In verses 10 to 13, Job explains what takes place when we die. He had described it as such; man dieth, and wasteth away, man giveth up the ghost, man lieth down, and riseth not, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. Furthermore, Job acknowledged God’s sovereignty when He said, thou (God) wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! 

Also, Job mentioned the reality and magnitude of God’s wrath when he said, wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret until thy wrath be past. This statement gives us the idea that we should fear the wrath of God. Moreover, this verse helps us refocus on repenting from our sins and placing our faith in Jesus Christ before our death. Accept Jesus Now. 

What Does Death Means For You?

No one really knows what takes place in death. However, one thing is for sure, we all have a fear of death. The author of Hebrews wrote, deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:15). The lifetime subject to bondage is our chains to sin. Everyone is a sinner, and therefore, we all fear death, despite what we think and say. 

As Ray Comfort would say, the fear is our friend. This emotional state will help us look into our life as a precious gift from our Creator. Christ-followers also fear death, but they have hope that when we die it is not the end. But rather, a beginning of eternal life with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the new earth. Here are some resources to help you understand more about death. Non-Believers, Christians, For All.

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. What do you think takes place in death?
  2. Where do you think we go when we die?
  3. Have you experienced seeing some die?
  4. What did you feel?
  5. Do you fear death? What about hell?
  6. How would you warn others about the events after death?

Prayer

Dear Lord, we will face many terrifying events throughout this life, but may we never forget that the ultimate victory belongs to you. Through your sacrifice, death has been defeated. As we continue to walk in your truth, help us to set our eyes on Heavenly things.

All these we pray in Jesus’ saving name. Amen.

(from Crosswalk.com)

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