Is the day of our death better than the day of our birth? Ecclesiastes 7:1 tells us that it is. One of the books I am reading is “Surprised by Suffering”. It has been pretty good.
The day of one’s birth is a good day for the believer, but the day of death is the greatest day that a Christian can ever experience in this world because that is the day he goes home, the day he walks across the threshold, the day he enters the Father’s house. That is the day of ultimate triumph for the Christian in this world, and yet it is a day we fear and a day that we postpone as long as we possibly can because we don’t really believe that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth.
–Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life by R. C. Sproul
I remember back all the way to 8th grade having conversations about death. I remember seeing death differently at least that far back. I would tell people that I was not going to die. They always looked at me weird. And even today when I say that I am not going to die, well, people still look at me weird. OK so it doesn’t really matter what I do or say – I perceive that people look at me weird. 🙂
You see I have been made alive in Christ so physical death is just transition to heaven. This body has only been a temporary shell anyway. It seems this is not a natural way to see things.