I had a weird dream early yesterday morning.. I dreamt that some Japanese Christians and I decided to commit suicide by standing in front of oncoming traffic. We decided to fulfil a text in 2 Corinthians chapter 4 by terminating our lives and to be with Christ. Please remember, this was just a dream, so the text does not exist. Before it was my turn to stand in front of the oncoming traffic, I was told that out of the four attempted suicides, two had serious injuries and were in the hospital and the other two died.
All of a sudden I awoke, and I felt very uncomfortable about the dream. I checked the Scripture and the closest text on death (2 Corinthians 4:10-12) has to do with death threatening the ministers of the gospel.
As I meditated on death, I discovered that there is no joy and glory in death. Death is the direct opposite of life, and dying is the opposite of living. Death is the end of life. Death brings about separation and sadness while birth brings about life and joy. Death is as ugly as a withering flower, as parched as hard baked riverbed and as creepy as dried twigs and branches on a cherry tree in winter. But life is like sunshine in the morning, rain after a drought and cherry blossom in spring. There is no glory in death, whatever form it takes.
Death is the direct result of Adam and Eve’s sin. But thanks be to God, it is through the obedience to Jesus Christ, the power of death is destroyed. Death still rules in all living things but it doesn’t have supreme rule in the spiritual realm. While human beings still succumb to physical death, they have a chance to a spiritual rebirth. Even as physical birth is cause for rejoicing, spiritual rebirth is cause for much more rejoicing. This is where death has lost its sting, i.e. its power. When a person is spiritually reborn his/her spirit begins to be alive in the spiritual realm. The spirit is in touch with God and has a relationship with God. The spirit can continue to grow stronger although the physical body is weakening.
The good news is that death does not have supreme rule. By faith one can experience spiritual rebirth now. Spiritual rebirth does not happen on the basis of work we have done or not done, Titus 3:5. Spiritual rebirth is God’s gift to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:3, 1 John 5:1. It is sad if you never take the chance to have spiritual rebirth because this is the age of God’s grace.
For the above reason, the New Testament does not use the word death for Christians instead it uses the term sleep or asleep. Their souls and spirits live on. They are asleep because one of these days they will wake up from their sleep with new and glorious bodies. And they will not fall asleep again.
Death is a dreadful thought. I’m pro-life and everything beautiful. I would like to wake up from my sleep to a glorious morning. What about you?