Recently we attended a memorial service for one of our dear members, and we’ll be going to another one this week. A couple of families in our congregation have had to put a loved one on hospice care. I know our church family isn’t the only one that’s been experiencing loss. It seems like many have said their earthly goodbyes to family and friends. While this isn’t the cheeriest topic, there are many beautiful passages about death for the Christian in the Bible. Whether you want to offer sympathy to another or you’re seeking comfort for yourself, these verses remind us of the sweet victory awaiting faithful saints. In the front of your Bible, write: Death for the Christian- Psa. 116:15
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.
Circle “godly ones” and underline the entire verse. At the end of the verse, write Ecc. 12:7.
Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Underline “the spirit will return to God who gave it.” At the end of the verse, write Isa.57:1,2.
The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil, he enters into peace; They rest in their beds, each one who walked in his upright way.
Circle both occurrences of the word “righteous” and circle “upright.” Underline “taken away from evil,” “enters into peace,” and “reset in their beds.” At the end of the verse, write John 11:25, 26.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”
Underline “he who believes in Me will live” and “everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” At the end of the verse, write Rom. 14:8,9.
For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Underline “whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” and “He might be Lord both of the dead and the living.” It’s comforting to know that our dead loved ones are still His. At the end of the verse, write 1 Cor. 15:42-44.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
Underline “raised an imperishable body,” “raised in glory, “raised in power,” and “raised a spiritual body.” How wonderful to know that the frail bodies are no more! The bodies once ravaged by disease are powerful and glorious! At the end of the verse, write vs. 54.
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Circle “imperishable” and “immortality.” Underline “Death is swallowed up in victory.” In the margin write, “Victory in Jesus!” At the end of the verse, write 2 Cor. 5:6-8.
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight—we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Circle both occurrences of “good courage.” Underline “prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” Notice the beautiful scenario in this passage. The dead have simply gone from being “at home in the body” to being “at
home with the Lord.” At the end of the verse, write Rev. 14:13.
And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”
Underline “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” and “they may rest from their labors.”
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so I life well spent brings happy death.”
(Leonardo da Vinci)
“He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”