When I walked into the Intensive Care unit, my dad was a little bit drowsy. The back of his bed was raised, but he looked very relaxed. He was waiting for heart surgery to bypass the clogs in three veins around his heart. We talked about diabetes and sugar and smoking (he quit over 35 years ago). I tried to avoid talking about the surgery or dying or anything that might increase his blood pressure. But he brought it up. He said, “I’m not afraid of dying. I just dread the recovery. I dread waking up with that tube down my throat and my hands tied.”
I know him really well, and he was telling the truth. A surgeon was going to cut open his rib cage and stop his heart from beating. And he was not afraid of dying. Not that he was certain he wouldn’t die, but that if he did die, he wasn’t worried about the consequences. This is because he has lived a life of faith. He had true confidence, that if his body died, his soul would be cared for by God.
For followers of Jesus, death is not something to be afraid of. Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”Jesus he also has the power over your death, to bring you out of the grave. If you belong to him, then you have no reason to fear death. But that’s the question – do you belong to him? Are you living a life that is united to Christ (Romans 6:3-4)?