Encouragement When Afraid of Death
Jesus said to her, "I am the one who brings people back to life, and I am life itself. Those who believe in me will live even if they die. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die..."
Brothers and sisters, we don't want you to be ignorant about those who have died. We don't want you to grieve like other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and came back to life. We also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring back those who have died. They will come back with Jesus. So then, comfort each other with these words!
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14,18
My sheep respond to my voice, and I[Jesus] know who they are. They follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from me.
He [our Lord Jesus Christ] died for us so that, whether we are awake in this life or asleep in death, we will live together with him.
1 Thessalonians 5:10
"Death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your sting?"
Sin gives death its sting, and God's standards give sin its power. Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
After these things I saw a large crowd from every nation, tribe, people, and language. No one was able to count how many people there were. They were standing in front of the throne and the lamb. They were wearing white robes, holding palm branches in their hands. One of the leaders asked me, "Who are these people wearing whites robes, and where did they come from?"
I answered him, "Sir, you know."
Then he told me,
"These are the people who are coming out of the terrible suffering.
They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.
That is why they are in front of the throne of God.
They serve him day and night in his temple.
The one who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.
They will never be hungry of thirsty again.
Neither the sun nor any burning heat will ever overcome them.
The lamb in the center near throne will be their shepherd.
He will lead them to springs filled with the water of life,
and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."
Revelation 7:9, 13-17