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Christians should be free from the fear of death

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Minister's Forum

All over the world and in every age, there has been a universal fear of death. Death is inevitable, and we know that all our lives.

Yet, when a doctor announces that we have only a short time to live, we are shocked. The reality of death awakens fear. That fear is more than fear of the unknown.
There is a natural instinct within every person to survive. When we are threatened, we automatically protect ourselves. Even the animal world shares this instinct.
There is much more than an instinct to survive that provokes a fear of death in men. We live in fear of death, even when we are not threatened. In all men,  there is “a terrifying expectation of judgment….It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:27, 30).
Delayed wrath does not imply that God is tolerant of sin. “Be sure your sin will find you out.” A judgment day is coming and every single person will give account of himself to God.
It is easy to dismiss the thought of God’s judgment by saying there is no hereafter, no eternity, no accountability. If that were true, why is fear of death universal? If death is the end of existence, why do even the unbelievers in God fear death?
Fear of death is foolish if fatalism is true. If we have no control over our eternal destiny, it would be reasonable to indulge in pleasures and passions – eat, drink and be merry – and deal with the inevitable when it overtakes us.
Further, a sense of morality is born in our nature. All men experience a guilty conscience. There is in all men of sense of right and wrong. Those who do wrong, fear being found out and held accountable.
Death is fearful to men mainly because of an inborn sense of accountability and judgment.
Jesus’s death destroyed the one holding the power of death (the Devil) and freed those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death (Hebrews 2:11, 14, 15).
A believer in Jesus does not see death (John 8:51-52). Jesus did not teach that the believer would not die a physical death. He meant that the believer will not gaze on death. He will see beyond death and into a glorious eternity, so that death does not capture his attention.
Jesus took the sting out of death when he was resurrected. He is the first fruits of the resurrection from the dead. All who died in him are raised in him. Believers in Jesus possess eternal life and shall never die. Of course, no one wants to die, but believers are not in bondage of fear. God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).
Judgment day for believers is all about rewards. The believer’s sins have been removed, so that he will be honored and vindicated before his accusers. Jesus can say to him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).
Because there is no judgment to fear, there is no dread of meeting God. All will be joy when Jesus says, “Come, you who are blessed by my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).
This freedom from bondage to fear is yours by believing. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:30).