What death cannot do is what many find when they experience the devastating loss of a loved one. In thinking about the tragedy of Orlando, Tim Mitchison wonders if death is really as powerful as we think. He writes:
My wife’s nineteen-year-old brother, Jeff, was killed by a drunk driver. For a year after his tragic death, my wife and her mother read the Bible every night, especially the teachings of Jesus Christ about life being eternal. Jesus raised others from death and even came back from the grave himself. He disarmed death. He proved that even death could not forever annihilate an individual.
My wife and her mother were comforted by Jesus’ words. In one of his discourses, talking about life after death, he said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (See John 10: 27-29.)
One takeaway from this passage that meant much to them, was that a drunk driver did not take their brother/son out of the hand of divine Love. It wasn’t easy, but both my wife and her mother persisted in their prayers until they grew to feel God’s love embracing them — and Jeff. They felt certain — and still do — that Jeff is continuing on in eternal life. They may not know all the particulars of what happens after death, but they are sure that life continues, including the individual life of their beloved family member.
The family’s grief was healed with these realizations. If you’d like to learn more of what death cannot do, Read More here.