Not long ago I had a heart scan. I was experiencing no symptoms of any sort of heart problems, but my dad had his first heart attack when he was younger than I am now. I just wanted to check, to make sure that I am okay. Somehow, the older I get, the more inevitable death seems. It’s going to happen to me someday. I’m going to die. And, I don’t want to alarm you, but so are you.
Over the years I have met many people who have lost a child. Maybe it was an accident. Perhaps an illness. Whatever the cause, most times the parents still bear a great deal of pain. Of course they do. What parent wouldn’t? I cannot even imagine what it would be like for one of my children to die. How much more devastating could life get than that? Death causes a separation, one for which we generally are unprepared.
Some of my greatest heroes—those who have meant so much in shaping my life and my walk with God—have died. Their passing was not easy. I cried when I heard the news. My father died just six months after I got married. Death is a very real and inevitable part of our existence here on earth.
Perhaps you, too, have been ravaged by the death of someone close. If so, I’ve got some really good news, and it has nothing to do with saving money on car insurance. In heaven, death is gone. Revelation 21:4 promises, “Death shall be no more.” Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever.”
Death will be banished, and not just for a short time. We will not simply experience a brief respite from death, only to have it return with a vengeance. No, death will be no more. Ever. No one will ever die in heaven. Death, and even the effects of death, will be permanently, unendingly gone.