Today is Halloween, and we see little costumed people parade around the city asking for candy in cute little voices: “Trick or Treat!” These little ones aren’t going to play tricks, so we happily oblige the “Treat” and give them enough sugar to keep Mr. Hershey and Mr. Mars in business for another year, as well as our local dentists! Some keep Halloween innocent enough, but others really like to emphasize the scary aspect of Halloween. They decorate houses with skulls, cemeteries, and corpses. Thus, on October 31, we do think about the thing we usually don’t think about: death.
Death is a scary thing, and when we are faced with it in another scenario (say, a car accident or doctor’s report, instead of a haunted house) we take it seriously. But God has made a way we don’t need to fear death. He sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to take God’s punishment of eternal death away. Hebrews 2:9 says that Jesus “by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Because of our sin, we deserve death, eternal death in the place the Bible calls Hell. Hell is not a laughing matter. It’s scarier than any haunted house you’ll ever visit. Yet Christ tasted that death for us. He took God’s wrath for us.
If you will believe that Christ died for you, and place your faith in Him alone, you can avoid the scary Lake of Fire and be reunited with God the Father. You can have new life which Satan can never take away. If you have been given new life, you need not fear death. 1 Corinthians 15:55 asks for the Christian: “O death, where is thy sting?” Christians who have been born again by the Spirit of God need not fear death.
For us, it’s not scary stuff.