Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Death is nothing but sleep - Jesus

“If I have you by the hand, death is nothing but sleep.” -Jesus

Lazarus, one of Jesus’ close friends, unexpectedly became seriously ill and died.

When Jesus first heard the news, he told his disciples that Lazarus was asleep and that he intended to awaken him. (John 11:11) But Jesus’ disciples did not grasp his meaning, so Jesus told them plainly: “Lazarus has died.”—John 11:14.

Jesus had performed at least two resurrections previously. On one occasion he raised a young girl from the dead—the daughter of Jairus. Right before Jesus resurrected her, he also described her as being asleep.—Luke 8:52.

Notice that regarding the death of both Lazarus and Jairus’ daughter, Jesus compared death to sleep. That is a fitting comparison. Why? Sleep is an unconscious state and suitably conveys the idea of rest from pain and suffering. (Ecclesiastes 9:5; see the accompanying box,  “Death Is Like a Deep Sleep.”) Jesus’ early disciples clearly understood the true condition of the dead. “To the followers of Jesus death was a sleep, and the grave  a resting-place . . . for those who had died in the faith,” * states the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics.

It comforts us to know that the dead are asleep in the grave and are not suffering. Death thereby loses its mystery and no longer needs to cause us dread.

KOIMAO (Sleep in death) 

1Th 4:13
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

1Th 4:13
OU [not] THELO [I would] DE [but] HUMAS [have you] AGNOEO [to be ignorant] ADELPHOS [bretheren] PERI [concerning] HO [the] KOIMAO [them which are asleep] HINA [that] ME [not] LUPEO [ye sorrow] KATHOS [as] KAI [even] HO [the] LOIPOI [others] HO [the] ME [no] ECHO [which have] ELPIS [elpis].

According to Paul the apostle, those who died in Jesus are all asleep [KOIMAO in Greek] 
Thayer Definition:
1) to cause to sleep, put to sleep
2) metaphorically
2a) to still, calm, quiet
2b) to fall asleep, to sleep
2c) to die


NEKROS (Death)

Mat 8:22
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Mat 8:22
HO [the] DE [but] IESOUS [Jesus] EPO [said] AUTOS [unto him] AKOLOUTHEO [follow] MOI [Me] KAI [and] APHIEMI [let] HO [the] NEKROS [dead] THAPTO [bury] HO [the] HEAUTOU [their] NEKROS [dead].

Those who have faith in Jesus will never experience NEKROS, but instead a KOIMAO. Because for the Lord, the death itself is the same like a deep sleep.


The Bible compares death to sleep more than fifty times. After death we are asleep, we are unconscious; we are not aware of the passing of time or of what is going on around us.
  • “Give light to my eyes, so that I may not fall asleep in death.”Psalm 13:3.
  • “‘Lazarus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.’ The disciples then said to him: ‘Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get well.’ Jesus, however, had spoken about his death.”John 11:11-13.
  • “David, on the one hand, rendered service to God in his own generation [and] fell asleep in death.”Acts 13:36.
  • “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death.”1 Corinthians 15:20.
“We do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope.”—1 Thessalonians 4:13.

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.e 15Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,* will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.f 16For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.g 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together* with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore, console one another with these words. 

When the time comes, we will be caught up again together (latin: rapiemur) in eternity with the Lords, with our closed one.
So there's no reason for us to dwell in sadness for so long because there's hope in Jesus!
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" -1Cor 15:55

"Don’t allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely." ~Padre Pio

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