We should not fear death as unbelievers do, for we have a Savior and Redeemer who keeps His word. We know that we will only temporarily be separated from our loved ones, as we wait for them in eternity.
We have hope beyond the grave because we know that Jesus conquered death. (See Act 2:24; Heb 2:14; 2 Tim 1:10; Rev 1:18)
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 Thes 4:14 NIV) The word “asleep” here refers to the death of the body.
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. (Isa 26:19 NIV)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Phil 3:20-21 NIV)
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. (1 Thes 4:17 NIV)
Death to the believer is an exit from the limitations, the perils and the bondage of this life. For the Christian, death is a transition from a frail, impermanent dwelling which is exposed to disease pain and peril to a permanent palace, eternal in the heavens. (2 Cor 5:1)
Death is the Christian’s coronation, the end of conflict and the beginning of glory and triumph in Heaven. (2 Tim 4:8) Hallelujah!