Death is a word with an extremely negative connotation, but does it have to be? Not really. If we are saved, death means that we will be with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5: 8). While the thought of separating from my family is heart-wrenching, being able to talk and walk with Jesus, our Savior, sounds amazing.
While we may not fear death for ourselves, we still experience it through the loss of those around us. I’ve lost grandparents, but they didn’t live close by, so I’ve not known loss like many others around me. But when I’ve had to watch my parents lose their mother and/or father, I’ve felt the pain as if it were my own. Watching the people you love hurt, hurts you too. But thankfully, those that I have lost, I know were saved.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14 NIV)
It’s important to witness to those around us so that we have done everything we can to prevent the experience of eternal loss. When we know our loved ones have been saved, through faith, by our Lord Jesus Christ, we have hope to see them again one day in Heaven, no matter who heads “home” first.
While our grief is still real, at the same time, we can have a peace that passes understanding. People will then be able to see that we are different, and we can use that opportunity to tell others about Jesus (Matthew 5: 16), and hopefully, see even more loved ones in our heavenly home.