Death and aging are two fears that often cause us to check out from life. Can I prove this point to you? Imagine if you were granted a wish that gave you eternal life. You will never age or die, and the same is true for all the people you love. With this wish granted, how would you spend your money and your time? As a result, you would see many changes that illustrate what Christ wants to accomplish in your life. You would live your life not crippled by the fear of death, but driven by a greater mission and a broader purpose.
This is apparent in John Chapter 14 as Jesus comforts His disciples and prepares them for the departure from His earthly mission. These young disciples have left everything to follow Jesus, but in the coming days will be confronted by a world that will try to kill and persecute them. Jesus comforts them and tells them to be at peace. Death, decay, aging, weakness, and illness are fears we all have to some extent. But you don’t have to let these fears drive you into mistakes and keep you from fulfilling all the things you want to do and who you want to be.
Friend, in addition to the visible world, there is also a hidden and more powerfully spiritual world which oftentimes is difficult to define in our own language and minds. But it’s made available to those who believe. When we die, we will go to this place that Christ is preparing for us. Our death will be more like waking up than sleeping. We can be encouraged and at peace because Jesus has prepared Heaven for us!