About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message, this is what the LORD says: “Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness. Isaiah 38:1 NLT
Death and Dying
There are many individuals who receive the news that they have a terminal diagnosis that leaves them with a predictable and shortened life expectancy. The reactions to knowing that your life is ending will vary and may include depression, despair, anger, bargaining, rejection; but gradually the acceptance of pending death facilitates a peaceful end for most individuals.
Although, we are aware that death is a part of life, death brings the harsh reality of a permanent separation from others that we love and care about. The chill of death impacts the living and causes us to reflect on our own mortality. Of all the good things that could be said about life, the fact remains that there is nothing beneficial or nothing positive that can be said regarding death–but wait, for believers serving God, we have a blessed hope, because we know that death in Christ will be rewarded with immortality–at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
In order to understand death, we must study the Bible to understand the origin of life. In Genesis chapter 2, we are told that Adam was created from the dust of the ground, and that God breathed the breath of life into him and “he became a living thing.”
Because of God’s love when creating human life, He desired an entire populous; therefore, God created a female counterpart from Adam’s rib, his wife–Eve and gave the command to be fruitful and multiply–to procreate and reproduce children.
The Fall of Man (Genesis 3) resulted in the beginning of sin for all human life which resulted in the onset of death. Because we were created with the freedom of choice, God created a tree that was not to be eaten from, the tree was placed to demonstrate that love and obedience to God was an option. Adam and Eve were given a free will to make the decision to go against God’s command: even so, they also had to face the consequences of their disobedience to their Creator.
There were many consequences to the disobedience of God’s command not to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil: Loss of immortality; loss of face-to-face communion with Christ; loss of the perfect home designed by God, and many other changes that resulted in pain, sorrow, suffering, and the intentional death of animals in order to clothe their nakedness.
Yes, death is harsh and there are many individuals who live according to a credo of, “you only have one life, go ahead, and do whatever it takes to make you happy.”
Satan would like for us to believe that the Creator of Life had nothing planned for the human race except struggle, unhappiness, and eventually death; however, God refutes Satan’s claim throughout the Bible. Pay attention to Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
If we fail to serve God, then we view life as hopeless; we cannot nor will we ever believe in Jesus’ resurrection or the promise given to us regarding the First Resurrection of Believers in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NLT:
For the Lord himself will come down heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
Studying the Bible imparts vital knowledge!
God’s purpose for all humanity was to live forever. Because of His great love, He did not create us with robotic minds, every individual has the choice to live for God or to live according to their own purpose.
For those who choose to believe in and faithfully serve God, we will reap the greatest reward: Eternal life–immortality in a New Heaven and New Earth. Revelation chapters 21-22
Although, God’s original plan for humanity was altered by Sin, there was a backup plan already in place, and that plan was that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God would die for all mankind.
We have this hope that one day there will be no more death, sorrow, pain, or broken hearts…if we choose God, then we will have the opportunity to live forever and ever with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer for today: Dear God: All power is in you, we acknowledge your love for humanity by allowing your only Son, Jesus to die for us. You were pleased with His commitment to die on the cross for us, and now He serves as our Intercessor. We have felt the pain and emptiness associated with death. Oh God, we ask you to touch, comfort, and heal the brokenness of our hearts and our lives caused by the impact of death. Please forgive us of our sins past and present, and fill us with your Holy Spirit. We look forward to living in the New Heaven and the New Earth where our hearts will never be broken again by death. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz
Located in Oregon, USA