Is Dying Like Driving to Virginia?

Lazarus died from some kind of sickness that lasted for awhile. He was washed with spices and herbs and wrapped in cloth after he died and buried in a cave. After he had been dead for four days Jesus raised him from the dead.

John 11:43-44 When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

So, I wonder how many people asked Lazarus how that four days was, and how it felt to die, and how upset was he that he got raised from the dead. What did he think when he regained consciousness but couldn’t see because of the burial cloths around his head and eyes, and then saw Jesus and his sisters. I bet the next time he died was not much of a big deal.

The biggest problem we have with dying is the unknown. Our own impending death, and the impending death of our family and friends wouldn’t be as scary if we knew exactly what was going to happen, and what it felt like. But we don’t. Our own impending death probably takes more faith than any other aspect of our life. All we know is what the Bible tells us, and you either believe the Bible or you don’t.

Philippians 1:21-24 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.

Paul seemed anxious to die, “having the desire to depart and be with Christ for that is very much better.” It is coming, the day of my death, the day I step into the presence of Christ, it is getting closer every day. I wonder what it will be like, how it will feel. If Lazarus were around I would ask him, but he died, twice.

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