Death is not eternal. It entered our world as an unwanted guest, as a result of the broken lifeline between the immortal Creator and his creatures, who depend on their Creator for their existence (1 Tim. 6:16; Rom. 1:23; 1 Tim. 1:17). Death did not come from eternity, and one day it, too, will find its end (Rev. 21:4; 1 Cor. 15:26).

God’s ultimate plan culminates in defeating death through the resurrection of those who accepted His gift of eternal life (1 Cor. 15:42). Until that moment, those who passed away are in the land of silence (Ps. 115:17). They are in a state of complete unconsciousness, which Jesus compared to the state of human sleep (John 11:11-13; see also Ps. 13:3). They do not feel, they do not think, they do not exist (Eccles. 9:5-6).

The realization that death does not represent our end leads us to praise God for His gift of victory over death (1 Cor. 15:55-57) and inspires us to live wisely (Ps. 90:12), without fear, using our days to reconnect to the only true source of all life, our immortal God.