Death… no one ever wants to talk about it, but we find ourselves thinking about it more than we would like to admit. Today, as we begin a two-part series entitled, “Death” we can take comfort in the fact that death is not the end for the believer in Christ but is just the beginning of good things to come.

(The Truth about Death)

“Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”
John 11:14b-15 NASB

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
John 11:17 NASB

Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:21-26 NASB

(Death is not the end for believers in Jesus)

(Comfort regarding Death)

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places ; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.
John 14: 1-4 NASB

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
John 14:6 NASB

(I don’t have to worry to death about death)

(A glimpse of Life after Death)

And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
Luke 9:29-31 NASB

While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was
found alone.
Luke 9:34-36a NASB

(Life here is a prelude of life to come)