I have heard it said, “Born once, die twice …Born twice, die once.”
Death comes to all. No one can escape it. However, those born again in Christ have no reason to fear death for Christ has overcome death and the power it has over us.
Christ’s death on the Cross was a monumental event but there is one I would say is even more monumental and that is His resurrection.
Why? Because as Paul said “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” His Death AND Resurrection brings us life. If there would have been no resurrection, there would have been no hope for there would have been no victory over death.
“Death is swallowed up in victory. ‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 15:54-57)
We can boldly say, “O death where is your sting?!! You have no hold over us for though we die, yet we shall live!!”
I would like to share the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns.
“In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.”
**— IN CHRIST ALONE” WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH GETTY & STUART TOWNEND**
Death comes to all. The fear of death doesn’t have to. For those in Christ, we are free from the power of death and for us “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)