One of the wonderful things about the Book of Genesis, and the Bible as a whole, is how raw it is. We see this rawness in how Jacob responded when his sons told him that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and mourned for days. That is to be expected. But when all of his sons and daughters tried to comfort him, he refused. Instead, he was determined to carry his grief with him all the way to the grave. This is how death affects people. This is real. And apart from the gospel, this is how death would impact us. Death would be a crushing blow, leaving us without hope and without joy. Because Christ has gone before us in death and has put death to death, we can respond differently, especially when it comes to grieving the death of a fellow believer. Death does not have the final word (see 1 Thess. 4:13).
How do you tend to see death: through the world’s lens or through the gospel’s? Why?