This is the first post in a series on the difficult topic of death. While it may seem unusual to discuss this subject in such detail, death is something that we are constantly faced with in our fallen world. This series will include:
- How should a Christian think about death?
- Talking to children about death.
- Losing a loved one and what happens to the family after.
- How to honor and remember a loved one.
I hope that you are able to find encouragement and help through this series. Please feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below.
The Life(and Death) of a Christian
At some time in your life you have heard the saying that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”1 A skilled tax accountant may be able to shield you from taxes but death awaits all of us. Death is defined as the action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism.2 The Bible puts it this way: And it is appointed once unto men to die (Hebrews 9:27a KJV).
Every one of us has an appointed destiny with death. That should not cause us to fear, but it should encourage us to clearly understand our purpose here on earth, live that purpose and prepare for our eternal destiny. Jesus is a perfect example; He was purposed to come into this world to be sacrificed by dying on a cross and the shedding of His blood for the sins of mankind. After Jesus completed His appointed task He was resurrected (raised from the dead) and is sitting at the right hand of the Father today.
What comfort does that give us today? The comfort that gives to those who have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and made Him Lord and Savior of their lives can rest in knowing that when we have accomplished our purpose here on earth and our appointed time approaches – we have a savior waiting to receive us. He tells his disciples in John 14:1-3:
Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Therefore, we can take comfort in knowing those loved ones who have made their appointed transition from this world and our own appointed transition will be met with the secure hand of Jesus to usher us into the Father’s house where we will spend eternity with Him.
Sandra L. Jackson
- The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817
- Oxford Dictionary
About the Author
Sandra L. Jackson, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed social worker/therapist with more than 20 years of experience assisting families/individuals through an accepting relationship. She is instrumental in helping families/individuals in reaching goals, learning new skills, knowledge and approaches to resolving challenges and difficulties. Sandra is skilled in assisting women in discovering their strengths, affirming their capacity for growth, change and maintaining healthy purposed relationships. She and her husband pastor St. James Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland and are often called upon to conduct biblical marriage counseling sessions, couples retreats, workshops and seminars.