DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: For over a week I sat in our local hospice house watching my elderly aunt die, and the experience has really shaken me. It suddenly came to me that someday the same thing is probably going to happen to me, and I dread it. Why do we have to die? — N.N. DEAR N.N.:
I doubt any of us looks forward to the actual process of dying; after all, God has put within each of us a desire to live, as well as an abhorrence of pain. Even if death comes gently (as apparently was the case with your aunt), we still shrink from it. But we also know that sometimes death comes slowly and painfully, and no one wants to experience that.
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But death is a reality, and no matter how it comes we know God has not abandoned us if we belong to Christ. More than that, we know that our experience of death is temporary, for it is only the gateway to the glorious life God has promised for us in heaven. The Bible’s promise is true: Nothing “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
Never forget that Jesus came for one reason: to tear down the barrier that separates us from God, a barrier caused by our sin. Death came into the world because of sin, and we all share in its curse. But Jesus Christ came to give us new life — life right now, and life in heaven with God forever.
Is this your hope? It can be, and I pray it will. By a simple act of faith turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life to him. Then you truly will have “the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).