Taking a shower in the bathtub was normal for many people, but some had through this routine passed on by accidents that happened in the tub. Millions are still using the tub till date. Is bathing in the tub death trap, no but a confirmation of one of the appointments reiterated in the last blog? As a reminder appointments are part and parcel of our lives. We all have appointments to keep. There are, however, two inescapable appointments in the life of every one of us. The one is the hour of our birth, and the other is the hour of our death. Birth ushers us into time, while death ushers us into eternity. God oversees the one and overrules the other.
We discover that birth is shrouded in mystery. As for death we can say it is shrouded with certainty. The emphasis we are learning here is that every one will die. While it is impossible to predict with final accuracy the birth of a child, it is possible to say without any reservation that every one of us will eventually die. The only exception to the inevitability of death is the rapture of all living believers at the Second Coming of Christ; otherwise, humanity moves on inexorably to the grave.
Certainty of death was signed at the fall in the Garden of Eden. The certainty of death has caused agony in the entire human race. Job described death as the king of terrors (Job 18:14), while the Psalmist speaks of the terror in its entirety (Psalm 55:4).
There are three types of anxieties from the fear death (the solemn certainty). They are normal anxiety, neurotic anxiety and existential anxiety. Normal anxiety is apprehension of a coming danger. This is why majority of people that are diagnosed with terminal disease are depressed. Neurotic anxiety is apprehension where there is no cause of danger but the thought of the approaching day of death can generate this fear. Existential anxiety is the fear of no way man can escape death.
Man since ‘Adam’ has not stopped in postponing death. We do exercise, watch diet, we rest, work and even pray so as to escape death. Surprisingly in the fear of death psychologists said that many even commit suicide to escape the continuous postponement of death.
The happiness I am trying to project in this blog is that there is cure for the fear of death. The only cure for such agony is a child-like faith in God and the redemptive use of such anxiety in the winning of other men and women to Jesus Christ. It is the certainty of death that assures the saints that as believers that we have conquered death. God has given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The first step to victory over death is accepting the spiritual route created by Jesus on the cross. No believer who have been saved from spiritual death need fear physical death. David knew this experience when he sang in Psalm 23:4; though I walk through the shadows of death I will fear no evil. The death of a Christian is only a tunnel for him to be with the Lord.
The Psalmist spoke about the shadow of death, it therefore means where there is shadow it means the sun is shining somewhere. And the sun is always shining in Emmanuel’s land. For the Christian it is just a release from the limitations and restrictions of this body to be present or “at home” with the Lord, which is a state infinitely better than what we enjoy here. We are enjoying a good life here, but it will be a much better life then. And when Jesus comes to give us our immortal bodies, we will have the best life.
For the genuine Christian, then, the sting, the fear, and the power of death are forever gone. What is more, he can employ the very laws of death to conquer Satan, sin, and self in his everyday experience. Every Christian can overcome Satan and death by “the blood of the Lamb according to Rev. 12:11. No fear, no fret or failure when Christ is in control.