“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Hebrews 2:14-15, NLT).
No one wants to die, but as the saying goes, death and taxes are the only sure things. C.S. Lewis said the best way to approach death is to neither desire, fear or ignore it, but to calmly accept it. We fear it for the simple reason it’s a big unknown.
Jesus frequently told his disciples, those he healed, even Mary at the tomb, not to be afraid. He understood how fearful we are and how it affects us. He also understood our greatest fear, and the one that makes us slaves: our fear of dying. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, he enables us to do as C.S. Lewis advised and calmly accept death because we know it no longer has power over us. We know our Savior couldn’t be kept in the grave and he won’t let it hold us either. Because he is free and he loves us, he gives us freedom from not only the fear of death, but from death itself.