We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. (ESV)
It is said that there are two things that are certain: death and taxes. We will ignore the taxes issue for now, but consider that death is something that haunts all of us. We all know that we are going to die. You can exercise. You can eat healthy foods. You may live a little longer than the one who eats a steady diet of junk food. You are still going to die.
Man naturally fears death. We all do. It is primarily the fear of the unknown. We have not died yet and so we do not know exactly what to expect. Imagine if one could die for us, and come back to life? If that happened they could tell us what to expect. They could let us know if we should be afraid or not.
Jesus died, and rose again. Paul tells us that Jesus will never die again. Death has no control on him. Just like we have died with Christ, we also will live with him. We look forward to our very own resurrection. All this is possible because Jesus Christ conquered our biggest fear; death. We do not need to fear death any longer.
We know that Jesus will never die again. We also know that once we die, we will never die again. And we know that we do not need to fear. This should set us free to do all that God has called us to do. The first disciples of the church understood this. They were willing to be martyred in various grotesque ways because death held no fear for them.
Death is inevitable for you and me. But it need not cripple us with fear. The one who conquered death for us has come back from the grave. He wants you to know that there is no need to fear!