Afraid to Die?

You hear it a lot lately: “It’s starting to get kind of scary.” There are a lot of things people can be afraid of right now. The big one is not just getting the coronavirus (or cancer or having a heart attack). It’s the fear of dying from it. Are you afraid to die?

On that first Good Friday, Jesus died. He knew he was going to die. He knew it would be painful. He knew it would be hell. He knew he would suffer unimaginable grief and wrath. He knew ahead of time that he would be nailed to a cross and die a slow, agonizing death while people watched and ridiculed. He knew all that ahead of time. Yet he still picked up his cross and went to face his death. Jesus wasn’t afraid to die. Not if it meant saving you.

Death is awful, but Jesus is more wonderful. Death is painful, but Jesus brings even sweeter relief. Death is powerful, but Jesus is more powerful. Death is final, but Jesus gives eternal life. Death is scary, but Jesus faced death for us. He plunged himself into the worst of it and defeated it all, as if to say, “Is that the best you’ve got?”

It’s okay if you’re afraid. The Savior with nail-pierced hands will walk with you, guide you, and be your strength. He gets it. He’s been there. He’ll carry you through.

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

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