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Dying Process

Blue Sky and CloudsBenjamin Franklin (1706-1790) one of the Founding Fathers of the United States wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Aside from the prospect of taxes, all human beings experienced a natural bodily death including every believer. The fascinating article, "What Happens During the Dying Process" and the excellent book "Stiff, the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach(1959-present) revealed the dying process in unnerving detail. Jesus however promised something different for believers when he said in John 8.51, "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." Bodily death was the separation of the spirit from the body and spiritual death was the separation of the soul from God. Believers would not experience the trauma of death and would not see it, according to Jesus.

Robbing Death's Sting

BeeDeath was in this way robbed of its sting for the Christian. It would not be a fearful but a blessed experience. Hebrews 2.14-15 taught that, "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death, that is the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." Saint Paul, in teaching his apprentice Timothy wrote in 2 Timothy 1.10 that our Savior Jesus Christ, "has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." Our Savior accompanied us through bodily death for he said in Hebrews 13.5, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

"Natural Bodily Death"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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