Am I scared of death? Assuredly and emphatically, NO!!! And I say so, not with a false sense of macho-manliness. It is not the drive to say that I am fearless that spurs me to not fear death. I do not fear death because I am the child of Him who conquered death (Christ). For me, death is not an end…nor is it a beginning…death is a transition….it is a promotion which has been earned for me (not by me). There is little doubt that I was a wretched man and the virus of wretchedness still runs within my veins. But I have been inoculated. Death therefore no longer has power over me. What a great and abounding hope!! How can one not want to jump for joy when hope abounds? So I for one, look forward to that day of transition. Whether I go by way of old age or some other way, be it supernatural or tragic, I look forward to my transformed state and my new habitation. My favorite of favorite Scriptures is: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has it entered into anyone’s imagination what God has in store for those who love Him! How exciting is that…and not just for the day of death but also for the here and now. The abundant life Jesus offers is both now and to come. What an unspeakable…no unexplainable elation it is to be a child of the Kingdom of God!
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(This feature article was written in April 2007)