Each of us at some point or another has most likely had to face the death of a loved one. It may have been the result of a sudden accident or after a lingering illness. Perhaps it was an elderly grandparent or only a child who died. No matter what the circumstances, it is a sad and difficult time.
The Bible has been a real source of comfort to me. Through its pages I know that Jehovah God cares deeply for me and my loved ones. Here are five scriptures that have truly brought relief and inspiration during the difficult times surrounding death:
“For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5)
This verse helps us to see that we don’t have to worry about our dead loved ones. They are not being tormented or wandering in any spirit place. They have no consciousness, so they can’t feel pain. Nor can they be ghosts or harm the living in any way. I feel so comforted knowing that my loved ones are just in the grave, not paying eternally for any mistakes they may have made in life.
“If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.” (Job 14:14, 15)
Here Job speaks to God about the prospect of a resurrection. He must wait for his “compulsory service,” his time in the grave, to be over. Then God will call him, and he will come to life again. Truly reassuring, though, is the fact that Jehovah will have a yearning for his creation. He longs to bring these ones back to life because death was never part of his plan. When I read this verse I always answer Job’s question in my heart with a firm, “Yes.” God not only can resurrect people; he also longs to do so. It draws me so much closer to him to know this.
“Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29)
In these verses Jesus Christ calls the grave “memorial tombs,” indicating that those who have died remain in God’s memory. In the resurrection, God will be able to remember every detail of our loved ones. Right here on earth we will welcome back the people we know exactly as we remember them. It’s a comfort to realize that I don’t have to worry that my grandparents and friends will be changed by death, except to be made in perfect health and youth.
“He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8)
God promises to not only bring loved ones back to life, but he will also completely do away with death. He inspires us with the comfort he provides by wiping the tears as if from our very faces. I look forward to the day when no one will ever have to die.
“Jesus said to her: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” (John 11:25)
This verse is part of the account of the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus is speaking to Lazarus’ sister Martha. She had faith that Jesus could resurrect her brother, and I have that same faith. It no doubt brought comfort to Lazarus’ family to know that he would be resurrected. Jesus proved that he was capable of this feat by resurrecting him that day. I am comforted to read this demonstration of his power as well as the statement of the fact that it will happen.
I have been to a few funerals and hearing these verses calms me. To be reassured of Jehovah God’s great love and power is a true inspiration. Even though our loved ones may die, they will live again at his desire.
All verses are quoted from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures