Responding to Death as a Christian – Getting Up
2 Samuel 12:19-23
“But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.””
While it is right for Christians to weep over death, it is also right to get up and keep moving. We wear dust and ashes for a season, but remember that beneath it we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Death has been robbed of its great sting through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Yes, you weep for your lost brother because he will not return to you. However, through the victory of Jesus Christ given to you by His grace, you will go to him. Christian, it is right for you to live every day with tears in your eyes for the sorrow and death of this life while keeping your head lifted high as you stand up and move forward, looking to Jesus Christ, the founder and perfector of your faith.