Taking the Fear Out of Death

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

— Psalm 116:15

Have you ever considered the great contrast between how the unbeliever faces death and how the Christian does? Read these last words of several unbelievers, and contrast them with those of Christians.

Mirabeau, unbeliever: “Give me laudanum [a narcotic painkiller used in past centuries] that I may not think of eternity.”

David Brainerd, missionary: “I am going into eternity, and it is sweet to me to think of eternity.”

Voltaire, caustic unbeliever: “I am abandoned by God and man! I shall go to hell!”

William Pitt, British statesman and Christian: “I throw myself on the mercy of God through the merits of Jesus Christ.”

William Randolph Hearst, newspaper magnate: “Death is not to be discussed in my presence.” (Though he could forbid the discussion, he could not forbid the reality.)

Michelangelo, Christian artist: “I die in the faith of Jesus Christ, and in the firm hope of a better life.”

Talleyrand, leader during the French Revolution: “I am suffering the pangs of the damned.”

Dwight L. Moody, evangelist: “Earth is receding, and heaven is opening, and this is my coronation day.”

Why does the Christian not fear death? Because Jesus says that we who believe in Him should live, even though we die. Through Him, we can have the assurance that we shall join Him forever in Paradise after we leave this earth. He tasted death for us so that we don’t have to.

Will you pray with me today for the world to know Jesus Christ? Will you do your part to share the Good News with those around you? No one need fear death. Let’s spread the wealth of eternal life in Heaven.

“We go to the grave of a friend, saying, ‘A man is dead.’
But angels throng about him saying, ‘A man is born.’”