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I (Isaac) am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. – Genesis 27:2

Nobody knows the day of his or her death. Although we do our best not to die, there comes a day when every person has to die. Death is relentless and inevitable. It is hard and tragic and separates you from your loved ones.

Many people, even Christians, are therefore afraid of death. And this has to do with the unknown. We do not know what to expect and prefer not to talk nor think about it.

Paul said: ‘The last enemy to be destroyed is death’ (1 Corinthians 15:26). Death is our enemy. It is an enemy because according to the Bible it is the punishment for sin.

Physical and spiritual death

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, man does not only die physically, but also spiritually. Everybody will die physically: the first death. But the spiritual death, the second death, is much worse. The second death is eternal death in hell, in damnation. Since the fall of man, everybody automatically goes to hell unless he repents for his wrongdoing.

Romans 3:23 says: ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ and Romans 6:23: ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Death is conquered

Jesus came to save you, not from the first death, but from the second death, from hell. If we believe in Jesus, we will not be judged. Jesus died on the cross to save us. That is why Paul says: ‘Where, o death, is your victory? Where, o death, is your sting?’

The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. Hallelujah! Jesus came! He overcame on Calvary and is now in heaven to prepare a place for us. Jesus is coming back for us and we will be with Him forever in glory! This is real life!

That is why we can sing: ‘Now death is no longer frightening, because it is finished, it is finished. He who looks on Jesus in faith, does not fear death nor hell.’

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