Truly, death casts its shadow upon all humanity. Everyone dies. But:
Matthew 4:16 “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT,
AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH,
UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.” [quoting Isaiah 9:2]
David had told us in the 23rd Psalm that he was not intimidated by this shadow of death:
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
This is because David knew of the Light that would one day rise (see Acts 2:29-31 to see what I mean). This is made clear in Hebrews:
Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, [Christ]Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Thus the shadow of death is dispelled by the light of Christ…and we say:
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light…
Or, more nuanced to point of this post:
Micah 7:8 …Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.
So, though everyone dies, everyone also goes to heaven.
Thus death for us no longer means what it once did. As it is written:
Nehemiah 13:2 …our God turned the curse into a blessing.
If then the curse of death has been turned into a blessing, where then is the shadow of death? It is gone. It has been dispelled. For this reason, Paul could write:
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)