Grace Communion Church – Is Death the End

end deathNothing is harder for us to face than the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when it involves someone comparatively young as we can feel that they have been cheated out of life.

In some ways even harder when it is sudden and unexpected, for example in a car accident or a serious childhood illness. Even when you are expecting someone’s death, and especially so if you have developed a closer bond than normal through caring for someone who was frail or ill, it then becomes a tremendously heavy emotional weight to bear.

Death is the normal conclusion to life and one we all have to face. After the loss of a loved one we find our emotions turned upside down and, for a time, sometimes for a long time, it seems that nothing can bring us comfort or relief.

It is a time of grief, tears and emptiness , and even more so with an un-timely death. Depression, hopelessness, anger, are all completely normal emotions. However, in our modern society we can forget that the process of grieving is natural. The grieving process helps us to come to terms with our loss. You never forget a loved one but you learn, at first, just to survive without them and, may be, years later to start to really live again. Life does go on even when it seems it should not.

So, is death the end?

Christians believe it is not. There are many bible scriptures, for example  Hebrews 9 v27 “ it is appointed unto man to die once, but after this the judgement.”

To many this scripture sounds ominous, however the real meaning is that we are all judged as forgiven.  But realising and accepting that forgiveness can sometimes take time.

The entire bible tells the story of God’s desire to have a loving relationship with humanity. Jesus Christ, who was wholly God and wholly human, came to earth to die for us and to conquer death by his resurrection. This understanding does not come overnight, but, by seeking for the love of Christ in your life the mist clears bit by bit. Understanding is a personal spiritual gift from Christ himself.

Christians know that death is not the end but a new beginning. We believe that at the return of Christ all those who have died will be resurrected and so we will see our loved ones again. This doesn’t mean that Christians don’t suffer at the death of a loved one. It is still painful, difficult, and emotional and there is still the need to go through the grieving process. But Christians have hope (for all people) beyond death, have           confidence that it is not the end. Can we give  you any evidence of that? No, it is a part of the gift of faith, to believe that God is, that He has a plan for all humanity. There are other bible verses that tell us more …

 

Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

 

John 11:23-26 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?

 

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Author: Keith Hartrick, Pastor 

 

We know that for anyone, a Christian or a  person of no faith, death is one of the toughest trials of life. We can’t wave a magic wand and make the pain go away but we can give you a loving, supportive and encouraging environment for a few weeks or just a day. Join us any Saturday. Our ministers are here if you need a listening ear or you have any questions. 

2.00 pm – 4.30pm at The GVWA Hall,

Pendas Way, Crossgates, Leeds LS15 8LE,

tel/text 07852 981133 for more information.

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