The fear of death is one of the greatest fears we face. Saul Bellow, the famous novelist said, “The real problem is the problem of death. If people don’t know how to come to terms with it, souls have no preparation. Then the only thing is to be eternally young and in pursuit of pleasure and further sexual and hedonistic horizons.” English essayist J. B. Priestley pointed out that we are frightened by the mere word death and "nowhere more so than in America.”
It was a part of the mission and ministry of Jesus to deliver us from that fear. Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that hath the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
When we are Christians we no longer fear death. Because of Christ we are certain about the life to come and all fear of the grave is gone. Paul expressed the Christian attitude toward death when he said, “I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:23-24). Paul was not a man fed up with life who saw death as the lesser of two evils. He saw it as the greater of two blessings. To him life was good, but death was better. Nevertheless he was not anxious to go. He felt he was still needed. That is the way every Christian should look at death. He may not be anxious for it, but neither does he fear it. He faces it with the calm assurance that there is a greater life ahead because of what Jesus has done.