Fearless in the face of death

I recently re-watched ‘Sophie Scholl- The Final Days’.

Knowing the consequences, Sophie and her brother fearlessly distributed letters criticising Hitler in Germany 1943.

They spread a message encouraging Freedom of Speech and peace.

For this, they were mocked in court for their crime. They were sentenced to death.

But through it all, they were unusually calm. How could two sisters on death row be so calm?

Facing death

“Remember Jesus,” their mother reminded Sophie, as they said their earthly goodbyes.

Remember Jesus.

The one who defeated death, defeated it for all who confess him as Lord (Romans 10:9). We can now face death without fear because he died for us.

He rose so that we’d be raised with him.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15).

If we’re trusting in Jesus, death promises us a crown of life (Revelation 2:10). We enter Jesus’ kingdom in exactly the same way as he opened its door.

By dying.

So we don’t have to fear.

The pain

But this doesn’t mean death isn’t painful.

I lost three grandparents in two years. Being separated from loved ones hurts. The process of dying is often hard and horrible.

This was never part of God’s good design, but the fair consequence of our sin.

But take courage.

While death’s tears will flow, we’re promised an eternity with God in his kingdom, where he will “wipe every tear from our eyes” (Revelation 21:4).

Don’t fear. “Remember Jesus.”