Death is Sleeping

maxresdefaultMark wrote in Mark 5:38-40,

38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him.

Jesus arrives at the home of Jairus. Jairus’s 12 year-old daughter is already dead. Jesus finds the mourners doing their thing. The mourners included two flute players and wailing women. They were professional mourners—paid and good at their job. They were weeping and wailing loudly, creating a lot of noise. Jesus comes in and says, “What’s all the noise? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” They laughed out loud.

Why did they laugh out loud? It sounded funny, weird, and crazy to them. If you believe only the possible, but not the impossible, you will also laugh at the word of God, just like old Sarah, Abraham’s wife. To them, the child was already dead. But to Jesus, the child was just sleeping. To them, death is the end of life. But for Jesus, death is not the end of life. Jesus said, “She’s just sleeping.”

Death is just going to sleep. Sleeping is temporary. You don’t sleep forever. It means that the state of death is just temporary.

Joy died trusting Christ. She has accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. How do I know? She said so. When asked if she has trusted Christ as Savior, she said, yes. Dr. Norfelly Pepito shared the Gospel to her. I noticed one thing that Joy does when I read the Bible to her. She was feeling pain and tiredness. But when we will read the Bible or pray, she would sit up straight. She would listen to God’s Word and nod her head; and pray. Joy died trusting Christ as her personal Savior.

Therefore, we can say with Jesus, she is just sleeping. Just make sure she doesn’t wake up!

Death is sleeping. You ask, when will Joy wake up? Paul says the dead in Christ will wake up when Jesus comes again (1 Thess. 4:16).

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