Another short thought–and a timely one, because I’ve felt it through my friends’ losses in the past few weeks.
Jesus felt the sting of death, both in the death of his friends, and in his own death. He empathizes with you. This is not how creation should be. So he is storing up wrath, and as much as he will avenge the martyrs, he will avenge your death, as well–and your mother’s death, and your father’s death, and your child’s death. He will utterly destroy death, and it shall be no more.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).
“He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself” (Matthew 14:10-13a).
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).
“… and death shall be no more” (Revelation 21:4b).
And for those who trust in Jesus as the perfect son of God and man, in his death as a sacrifice which satisfied God’s wrath, and in his resurrection from the dead as proof of his perfection, his acceptable sacrifice, and his victory over death: you will taste death only as a transitory moment from this world to the next. With the promise of heaven before you, the reward of living with God and in the blazing light of His glory, death has no power over you. God allows death, for now, as one last opportunity for His children to trust Him, but when it has served its purpose, make no mistake: He will destroy it forever.