2009-02-18 - Comfort In Death
We have recently been dealing with a death in the church. I prepared the
following for the church as something to help guide them biblically in dealing
with death, and I hope that this is something that will help you as well.
It might be something you stick away and look at another day, but there may
come a day when there are questions. I hope the passages provided below are
a helpful start, if you ever must come to terms with this most difficult
subject. Let us never forget that there is hope for all those who rest in
Christ - especially in death, which is really, for the righteous in Christ
- the end of our struggles.
God does not forsake us in our severe agonies. (1 Thess 4:14, Ps. 91:15,
Look upon God as a merciful Father, and trust upon His infinite goodness.
(1 John 3:1, 2, Galatians 4:3-7)
Meditate continually upon the death and sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and trust in the merits of His cross. (Isaiah 53:7, John 19:26, 27)
Meditate upon the Lord Jesus Christ in His Sepulchre. (Deut. 31:16, Matthew
Meditate upon the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:54, 55,
Rev. 1:18, 2:8, Matt. 27:51-53, 28:6)
The ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven, and His sitting at the right hand
of God. (Phil. 2:9-11, Acts 7:56, Col. 3:1, Heb. 10:12)
Our union (inseparable union) with Jesus Christ. (John 6:68, Ps. 36:9, Eph.
3:14-19, 1 Cor. 12:12, Rom. 12:4-8, 8:38, 39)
To consider that it delivers us from all temporal evils that we daily suffer.
(Phil. 1:23, 24, Job 15:20, 1 Kings 19:4, Ps. 142:7)
Death shall deliver us from sin - which we see reigning in the world - and
from the remains of our corruption. (Ps. 12:1, 2 Hosea 4:1-3, 1 John 1:8-10,
The glory and happiness of our souls, at their departure out of the body.
(Psalm 42:1, 2, 63:1, 84:1, 2)
The glorious resurrection of our bodies. (John 11:25, 26, Romans 8:11, 2
Timothy 2:11-13, Isaiah 26:19, Matt. 24 [whole chapter], verse 36, Mark 13
[whole chapter], verse 32)
The destruction of death. The gift of eternal life that we will enjoy, both
in soul and body, after our resurrection. (Isaiah 25:9, Revelation 20:11-13,
Hebrews 13:14, 4:1-4, 1 Cor. 2:9, 2 Cor. 3:18)