I’ve known Jesus my entire life. But never have I grasped the true hope that is found in Him, until this past year when death swept through my family like a raging storm of never-ending pain.
You see, death is inevitable. We know that every person who lives is going to die. Even having that forewarning in our hearts, it doesn’t make the passing of a loved one any easier.
When my mother-in-law took her life this past fall, I truly started questioning, “HOW do people do this (grief) without Jesus?” Without hope, and truth, and peace and strength that surpasses all understanding.
Because no one understood death better than Jesus. He came, lived a perfect life and DIED a horrific death to save us from our sins.
So when death comes knocking, and wipes your world void of what once was, turn to the Prince of Peace, who reigns victorious. In Christ, death has no sting.
Hope in Death: 10 Bible Verses About Death That Will Give Hope to the Grieving
1. John 5:24
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
3. John 14:1-3
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
“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.”
“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?’”
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end, Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
10. Revelation 21:4
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
There is hope in death.
With a mind not diseased, a holy life is a life of hope; and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope. – William Mountford