1 Corinthians 15:50-58
We are generally afraid of death because it appears to be so final. We fear and deny death because we see it as the end, because there is no more. Because of death, we have to develop a new reality without our loved ones.
But understand death is not the end. Death is swallowed up in victory. Death is actually a new beginning, life on a different plane. Life immortal. We are all created to be immortal people, we have an immortal soul, we will all live for eternity. The issue is where do we live for eternity?
Death tries a few things, but has no victory.
The foolishness of death is:
- When death comes to claim us it thinks it has won, but it has not. Death is swallowed up in the victory of Jesus Christ. Death does not win, this is not the end for us. It’s actually the beginning. Because we walk through the door of death, we get rid of this mortal flesh and we put on immortality. We shed ourselves of this which is perishable and put on that which is imperishable, that which last forever. Death does not win. Death thinks he has you in his icy grip, but you slip his grasp.
- Death cannot separate you from the love of God. Death says this is final. God says no it is not. I have given you the life I have given you in my son, which is life that last forever. (Romans 8:35,39) We slip death’s grasp again.
- Death cannot rob you of the life God has given you in Jesus Christ. God says that Death cannot rob you of the life I have given you in My Son. Jesus says it this way, “because I live you may live also.” (John 14:19) The key is to make sure you have life in His son.
- Death cannot keep you in its icy grip. When God calls you home you put on immortality. When we are raised up to meet Jesus in the air we slip again from deaths grip. You escape the grave, because death does not own you, so it cannot keep you. That’s the foolishness of death. The futility of death and the foolishness of death is that he believes he can keep you in the box. This is not true, because as soon as we leave this mortal flesh we go to the presence of the Father. Imagine you get to heaven and you are active, not laying in a box or waiting in an urn.
Celebrate the fact that you have gone on to be with the Father.
- Death cannot overcome you with Grief and sadness.
Jesus comes to us and steps in with three “I” statements
I will turn your tears sadness into gladness Psalm 30:5
I will dry your tears and give you a mantle joy and praise, instead of a mantle of fainting and weeping. Isaiah 61:3
I will turn mourning into dancing Psalm 30:11; Jeremiah 31:13
Death tries to over come you, but it cannot because the Father’s promises are greater than death.
- Death cannot destroy you. Death comes and steals and takes our loved ones away and we feel the ache in our hearts, and our hearts feel like they are broken in a million pieces. The Father says no, because I will mend your broken heart, I will bind your heart back together, because I give you my presence, (Psalm 34:15,18) I give you Myself.
Death tries again to destroy you, but again the Father says no. Give Me your pain, let me bear it because I too am acquainted with grief. The Father says give me your sorrow, because I am a man of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3
Death tries to over come you again, you feel as though you can’t make it to tomorrow. What are you going to do about it? Jesus says again, come to me all of you who are burdened and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28; Exodus 33:14
Death keeps calling, your response is. Death I know that you are foolish, because the foolishness in you has been given to me as victory in Jesus. 1Corinthians 15:55-58
When God calls you or your love one home, its five things:
Jesus has authority over death and He does the calling home.
John 10:17-18; Psalm 139:16
Death is going to sleep
Mark 5:39; 1Thessalonians 4:13-15, 5:10
Death is not final
Death is going home
Death is resting from our labors