“We should regard death as a vanquished enemy whose sting has been taken away by Christ’s death.
We should think of him (death) as a foe who can hurt our body for a little while, but after that, there’s nothing more he can do. We should await his approaches with calmness and patience and believe that when flesh fails our soul will be in good keeping.
That was the mind of dying Stephen. ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!’ That was the mind of the apostle Paul. When the time of his departure was at hand he said, ‘I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed to Him against that day.’…Happy indeed are those who have a last end like that.”
“Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:51-55)