No one wants to speak about death but it is very common! You know you are listening to radio stations aimed at older people when it has endless adverts about getting your funeral plans in order! Most of us would say we don’t fear death but the procedure has us a little concerned. We know where we are going and the older we get the more we understand what Paul was saying in Philippians.
“My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.” Philippians 1:20-21, GNB.
Jesus knew that He should prepare His disciples about His pending death. They didn’t want to talk about it and it still caught them by surprise but Jesus’ words would have come back to them and made sense, eventually. Jesus foretells His death and resurrection in this verse. “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” Mark 9:31, ESV.
The assurance that Jesus conquered death fills us with hope and the last Book of the Bible ends on a positive note for us all. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4, ESV.