Soldiers die alone on battlefields all around the world. Everyday people while living through the cares and occupations of their daily lives die suddenly, often alone. Most of us, I would assume, do not want to die alone. I hope, when my time comes, to be surrounded by my family. However, if I die with no one else around, I will not die alone.
Christians through the ages, and many in their weekly worship services, confess, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” Those who believe in Christ will not die alone. We serve a risen Savior! Jesus assured Martha, while comforting her at the death of her brother Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…” The psalmist, a thousand years earlier, had this same hope: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me…”
Jesus is God incarnate. He lived on earth in humble obedience to God the Father. He died a substitutionary death for sinners. He rose victorious from the grave granting forgiveness of sins and the promise of everlasting life to all who trust Him. He has ascended to The Place of authority at the right hand of God Almighty. From which position he rules over every man, woman, child, and nation. Paul the apostle goes so far as saying that the entire creation is “held together” in him. He truly is the Mighty Man! At the end, He’s coming back to judge the earth and receive His own unto Himself.
In the meantime, he promises abundant life to all who trust him. This abundant life follows us into and through to the other side of the “valley of the shadow of death.” We all will walk through that valley, but we need not walk alone.