Romans 8:31-32, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?
Human death is always tragic. When a brother or sister in Christ dies, it is bittersweet. It is bitter that they have died and are no longer with us, but it is sweet in that they now live with the Lord. We have this hope in death. “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). Even though the death of a Christian is sad, the death of an unbeliever is even more tragic. To me, there is nothing more tragic than someone dying without knowing Jesus.
The ultimate death was that of Jesus Christ on the cross. It was tragic not simply because our Lord died, but because it was our sins that put Him there on the cross. It was a tragic moment, yet it was also necessary. Our salvation could not be secured in any other way than the blood of our holy, innocent Lord being shed for the full and final payment for the sins of the entire world. In Christ’s death comes the greatest gift of grace God has given us: salvation.
And so even in our earthly deaths, there is grace afterwards. Remember the words from 1 Thessalonians above, “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep” (v. 14). In death, we find life. “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25). Whether that death be in martyrdom, a heart attack, car accident, or peacefully in one’s sleep, our lives are lost for Christ, and we find eternal life with our Lord in Heaven.