It’s natural and appropriate for us to fear death, but by his victory on the Cross, Christ leads us from fear into the way of hope.
We naturally sense that death is a problem and understand intuitively that it’s not part of God’s original plan. We all possess a deep longing that corresponds to the truth of our origin and end: to be living creatures in an unbroken relationship with our Creator forever.
“Sometimes we want to shelter our loved ones from the reality of death, but we shouldn’t look at death with fear.”
Jesus’ suffering and death transforms death from a fearful curse into a moment of blessing. By grace, death is transformed from a loss into a gift—the gift we make of ourselves to Jesus, in union with and in thanksgiving for, his own suffering and death. It’s also when our Lord gives his faithful servants an eternal reward—rest and union in him.