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  1. Death is truly an intruder. Being reminded of the fact that though Christ holds the keys of death, he still shares our pains when we are bereaved inspires me. We truly were not meant to die.

    (15)
  2. Indeed death is painful. I have encountered this pain several times. However, the most memorable of them is when I lost my own babies- the first born a girl who lived only seven days and a second born a boy who succumbed to death the second day after birth. What made it even painful is that he died due to the nurses's negligence.

    A tear-filled face of my agonizing wife broke my heart even more. All I could ask to the all-knowing God was, why me? not once but twice. I tell you death is painful.

    The only hope I had is the knowledge that Christ will one day defeat this arch enemy as He promised. This were the only words that managed to calm my wife who had given up hope.

    The resurrection of Christ is a real assurance to a broken hearted race of humanity. Without this believe, there is nothing left for us to hope for. Our hope rests in the death and moreso the resurrection of Jesus.

    (30)
    • Nicholas, I am so sorry for your extreme pain. I, too, have had similar loss due to improper actions in regard to a baby. In my case, I get comfort by realizing the reality of life in this world, as it is not very nice much of the time. So if we believe in the promise of a new incorruptible body in a perfect society, it gives some comfort if we think of the person who is no longer with us but sleeping in the "arms of Jesus." If faithful, we will meet again never to be separated by death.

      (17)
  3. It is quite well known among theologians that the resurrection was one of the chief doctrines preached by the early church. That one point is perhaps the main reason why most Christian denominations think the day of worship was changed to Sunday in honor of Christ’s resurrection. The book of Acts, in fact, mentions the resurrection 10 times which is more than any other book in the New Testament and therefore testifies to its importance.

    Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians sets forth the reason why it is so important as a doctrine:

    Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up-- if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. (1 Cor 15:12-19 NKJV)

    The point is that if Christ did not rise from the grave then neither will we and if that is the case then as the lessons says, “if death has the final say, our whole lives and everything we have ever accomplished will be in vain.” It is the resurrection that gives us hope and without it we might as well have a joy ride and live like reckless fools.

    (21)
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
    Our safety should base on the fact that though we suffer and sometimes loose our dearest one, trusting in jesus only is where we can live without fear of death. Every believer has the responsibility of spreading this living fact.

    (12)
  5. Of a truth death is an intruder ,i have recieved its pain too having lost a child after 10 hrs of birth and 3 years later my husband died,i was only comforted in knowing that they slept in the lord and like the bible promised they will ressurrect on the last day and never to die again .it is a great hope for me.

    (12)
  6. Nicholas,

    I can relate to what you experienced because I lost my dear 19-years old daughter 20 years ago and my dear 50-years old son three years ago. In my case, the thought that even God experienced a similar loss when Jesus died gave me comfort. Who am I to be free from pain if my God was not free from such an experience? I am definitely looking forward to the day when I will meet my children again!

    (12)
  7. The hope is that death will be done away with because at the second coming of Jesus we will live again and just like Jesus rose from dead we shall also leave again.

    (6)
  8. We often fear death to an extent of compromising our relAtionship with Christ. The deVil wants to blind us not to see and know that Christ holds the keys of death. Christ defeAted death on the cross and gave us the greatest promise that only if we believe in him we will not perish.

    (4)
  9. Once we are in Christ , we only die once; but those who do not accept Christ as their Redeemer will know the second death.

    (3)

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