Do you fear death? Well, almost everyone does. But why must there be death?
There must be death because our bodies are not eternal. Death is necessary for us to be able to leave these bodies and go over to the eternal sphere. Our bodies cannot cross over because of their “alien nature” to the eternal sphere, hence the necessity to leave them behind. So when the LORD takes someone from our midst, he takes the spirit (which is eternal in nature), and all we see left is a lifeless body, or a cadaver. We became living souls only because of God’s breath of life in us (see Gen. 2.7 KJV). Death is the taking back of that life.
But again, the question persists, why must there be death? Why can’t we live on and on forever here? We live on the average of 70 to 80 years, then death come; that is, if we don’t die earlier because of sicknesses or fatal accidents or incidents.
There is death on this planet because this is not yet the final one. This is just a test. The first man (Adam) was created from around six to whatever thousand years ago (a calculated guess by some) on this planet, and is still an ongoing test for mankind. A person’s whole lifetime is his or her opportunity to pass the test.
This is not yet the perfect existence. This is the fallen or corrupted one. Death is its distinct feature that defines what kind of world it is – that everyone has an end, regardless of who you are. Life can stop for anyone anytime.
Generations come and generations go, and those that went away, we do not know where they went. All we know is that they are in the great unknown with the Creator of humankind.
The whole Earth is temporal, a 100% fact (mostly to God-believing and Bible –believing people).One day it will end and be replaced by a much, much better one (see Re. 21.1). Death is a big sign and reminder of the temporariness of everything. Every living thing on this planet has death on its end: animal, fish, insect, etc.
Grieve not so much if a loved one dies. Sadness will naturally come because we will miss that person, but it is not necessary to grieve forever, for we will die next too. It should be a happy transition for we will all leave this present unsatisfactory existence one by one.
If the LORD decides to end this world right now, so be it; I am all for it even if it be done this very minute. I have no hold on this world; I have seen enough of its terribleness.
If you ask a rich man, “Sir, are you ready to leave this world right now”? He will say, “No, no, no. I can’t – my treasure is here”! Of course he can’t leave, for everything he has is here: fat bank accounts, mansions, properties, luxury cars, yachts, expensive toys, etc. This is the edge of the poor against the rich. They have nothing and should be more able to let go (this is not to say that all the poor will be willing to go or are ready for eternity).
The Bible tells so much of “holding on loosely” to this world since it is temporal (limited by time):
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of Father is not in him”. (1 Jn. 2.15)
“and the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever”. (1 Jn. 2.17)
If your “treasure” is here on Earth, your heart will be here also:
“For where your treasure is there will your heart be also”. (Mt. 6.21)
Since death is an inevitable event and a necessity, shouldn’t we be death-ready? Shouldn’t we be concerned what comes after it? We fear it because we do not know what happens after it.
Death is not the end of anyone, but a transition to eternity. The common belief or what everyone wants to believe is that those departed ascend to heaven. That is partially true of course, in the sense that those who died go back to God:
“Then the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”. (Ec. 12.7).
But that is not the end of it. Death brings everyone to the door of eternity alright, but the catch is – there are two kinds of eternities: the eternal life and the eternal damnation. (see Ro. 6.23)
Being death-ready is being ready for eternal life. It means you understand where you are going and are ready for it. If you are not ready, it means you are afraid, and the risk of not going to eternal life is there. It is our duties while here on Earth to ensure where we are going after death of our earthly bodies.
Being death-ready is simply being on the side of the One who will give you eternal life. This means transforming to the teachings of Christ, His Son. Now is the time while Earth still revolves. There is no more chance after death. There is no more chance when Christ returns if you happen to be still alive. Judgment Time comes and everyone is adjudged to go either eternal life or eternal damnation (see Mt. 25. 31-33). That will be the time of “harvest” and no longer the time for our decision. Now is the chance and time.
There must be death in order to escape to the more abundant life. There must be death to forever leave it behind. This present world is the transit point and testing ground for that.
What is death anyway? It is just a leaving of our bodies, which is not going to hurt. What hurts is if you get run over by a car, survives, and gets crippled for the rest of your life; or you get a debilitating disease like cancer and gets bed ridden for months or years.
Finally, don’t die just to go over to the second death, which is a hundred more times to be feared than the first one. Good luck.