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Michael Wittmer, from The Last Enemy (pg. 71):

I once attended the funeral of an infant who had died in a tragic accident. The pastor offered the usual words of comfort: “We can rejoice for this child is better off than we are. He isn’t really dead. He is more alive than he’s ever been, safe in the arms of Jesus.” There is precious truth in these words, though they seemed to skate past the grief of the numb parents. Couldn’t we acknowledge that something horrible had happened?

I appreciated more the words of the grieving father, who with quivering voice declared that no parent should ever have to bury their child. He pointed out that every death is ultimately the result of sin, and that when he held his dead son in the hospital, he thought he saw the face of sin. The mask of sin had been ripped away and he saw sin for what it is, the enmy that will one day steal from us everything and everyone we have ever loved.

The father didn’t try to make us believe that all was well, but from the depths of despair he raised a fist of defiance. “People tell me that someday I will make peace with Jack’s death,” he said. “I will never be at peace with death. Scripture tells me that one day I will be at peace, but only when death is no more. I will not be at peace until I see my son again.”

That is the Christian view of death.

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4 thoughts on “The Christian View of Death”

  1. Becky Brown says:

    Thank you for this word. Death was dusted by the cross but until we see Jesus we grieve, though thankfully with great hope. I believe that Christians grieve more deeply because we love more deeply along the way. Also…thx for the Gospel Project. Our whole church family will be studying that curriculum together beginning this Sept. God is up to something special among us. +B+B+

  2. Thanks for this post Trevin.

    I know what this father means. I lost a daughter in an accident, and, humanly, it’s a daily form of pain. God’s grace does allow the pain to lessen over the years so one can function. But grief and emotional pain certainly will be there until the glorious reunion.

    –Wm. Brown

    Forest, VA

  3. Ron Harvey says:

    Well intentioned pastors will most of the time utter platitudes thinking they are comforting the grieving, when in fact they are irritatatng instead. We are good at smoothing over death and dying. Case in point, we choose to say “passed away” instead of “died!”

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