Someone messaged me hours ago on facebook and urged and me to watch a video entitled, “Death is Not Dying: A Faith that Saves”. So I did. And just 10 minutes into it, I pressed pause and went into my husband's office and said, "Do you have a little bit of time to watch something with me?" "Sure." He answered.
I pulled up my chair next to his and he and I watched “Death is Not Dying: A Faith that Saves” which is a talk from Rachel Barkey a 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer. If a miracle doesn't occur, Rachel only has weeks to live and will leave this earth and all the things precious to her...but she's is convinced that death is not dying.
"Cancer does not define me," she says. "Neither does being a wife or a mother. All these things are part of who I am but they do not define me." Watch as she shares what defines her. I was moved to tears and challenged in many ways by her talk and reminded once again that we, too, are dying. Some individuals think that they will defy death. That they will never die. That they will live forever here on planet earth and that death won't seize upon them. But that is not true. We all will die. "It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment" Hebrews 9:27.
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10.
As a Christian, my hope is found in Christ and His righteousness and in His resurrection from the dead. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain! Death is only temporal and it's not that grim but I honestly have no idea how the atheist doesn't tremble at the thought of death. At the thought that this very breath could be their last and they will have to face a Holy God and give an account for the deeds that they have done in their body. But those who trust in Christ can have full assurance of where they will go when they die and full assurance that Christ's righteousness is accredited to their account. What a relief!
"The Scriptures make clear the fact that Jesus's resurrection is the promise of our own resurrection and the concrete hope of life beyond the grave. The reality of the resurrection prompted Paul's triumphant cry: "Death is swallowed up in victory." -Albert Mohler
I was so impacted as I watched Rachel's video that I wanted to share it with you immediately.