The Next to Last Chapter

Because I live, you also will live.
               —John 14:19

Woody Allen said, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

For many, the thought of death is a terrifying. Heb. 2:15 points a bony finger at “those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

Agony and anguish are the obnoxious guests at every funeral.

Grief is inevitable. But not despair. “I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus said. “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (Jn. 11:25). “Because I live,” he promised, “you also will live” (Jn. 14: 19).

For the Christian, death is just leaving the stage long enough to change into a fresh set of clothes.

It is not the last chapter; it’s the next to last.

Death is not the final sleep,
but the final awakening.

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