Summary: Using a true story as the illustration, this sermon explores the fears some people have about death.
Are You Afraid of Death?
Psalm 116: 1-15
 I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
 Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.
 The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
"O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!"
 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
 The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
 For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
 I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.
 I believed, therefore I spoke,
"I am greatly afflicted."
 I said in my haste,
"All men are liars."
 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.
 Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.
Today I want to tell you the story
about a lady named Florence.
Florence was born to a wealthy couple.
She grew up to be a lively and attractive young woman.
People believed she would become a wonderful wife
for some young man.
But at the age of 17,
Florence heard the voice of God calling her to do his work.
She became a devoted servant of the Lord.
Over the course of her life…
Florence claimed that God spoke to her 4 times…
Telling her what He wanted her to do!
At the age of 37,
Florence became convinced that she was going to die.
She told her friends that her life was hanging by a thread
and it could snap at any time.
Let me ask you a question: Are you afraid to die?
Does the thought of dying scare you?
Do you try to avoid talking about death?
Every day on the radio, we hear about people dying.
Every week in the newspaper, we read about people dying.
Sometimes when we hear about someone’s death…
It is a shock!
We didn’t expect it!
Someday…your name will be among the death announcements.
Are you ready for death…if it comes today…tonight?
Our Bible passage today,
Tells us that God sees the death of one of His children…
As a “precious” thing.
If He sees it that way…shouldn’t we, too?
Let’s look at some reasons why we should NOT be afraid to die!
DEATH REMOVES US FROM EVIL,
AND TAKES US TO A PLACE OF PEACE...
The righteous perishes,
And no man takes it to heart;
Merciful men are taken away,
While no one considers
That the righteous is taken away from evil.
 He shall enter into peace…
Sometimes Christians die in accidents.
Sometimes they die young from diseases.
Sometimes Christians are murdered.
And we see it as a tragedy!
But we should think of it from a positive perspective!
We no longer have to endure the evil!
We will finally enjoy everlasting peace!
Does anybody want some lasting peace?
It will never come in this life!
You are going to have to die to get it!
DEATH IS BEING CARRIED AWAY
BY ANGELS TO BLISS...
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
Do you know anybody who is suffering?
Christians who have suffered
are immediately released from that suffering!
They are carried away by the angels
to a place of comfort!
Have you ever wanted to see an angel?
You will…when you die!
Death is a going away to paradise!
And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
That’s what Jesus promised the thief on the cross!
People spend lots of money to go to beautiful places…Hawaii!
I’m going to a beautiful place…and it’s free!
DEATH IS A DEPARTURE, AN "EXODUS"...
2 Tim. 4:6
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Paul viewed his impending death as a "departure".
The Greek word translated to “departure”..
Means using "a loosing from moorings before setting sail"
This old ship I’m sailing in now…
Is someday going to sail away to heaven!
Listen to 2 Peter 1:15