It’s sort of counter-cultural to talk about death. It’s something that all of us try to avoid. But COVID-19 is waking us up to the reality of death right now.
A century or two ago it was impossible to avoid death. For example, during the colonial times, the average family lost one out of every three children in the home before they reached adulthood. In the 1800’s the average life expectancy in the US was 35 years old. Wars, plagues, diseases, and so on caused people to see death more often.
But in our day, the vast majority of people die in hospitals and hospices, far away from the eyes of others. The only time we typically come face to face with death is for a brief moment at a funeral when the coffin is open. As Tim Keller points out, this means that we are more unprepared for death than any previous generation in history.
Though you might have more than one fear of death, here is a breakdown of what your greatest fear could be as a result of your Enneagram type:
Type 1: What if I’m not good enough?
Type 2: What if my family can’t handle the loss?
Type 3: What if I didn’t do enough?
Type 4: What if I’m not good enough for god?
Type 5: What if I don’t know what’s next?
Type 6: What if I’m not prepared?
Type 7: What if I have to suffer or lose my dignity?
Type 8: What if my influence comes to an end?
Type 9 What if I never see my loved ones again?
But the GOOD NEWS is that it’s OK to be candid about your fear of death because Jesus put an end to all our fears.
Even if you die unexpectedly, Jesus has prepared a place for you in heaven. Worried about your family? Don’t worry. God knows what your loved ones need (more than you) and will send The Helper.
Worried about punishment? Jesus was punished for you fully and finally on the cross.
What if you die painfully? Jesus promises that it will only be temporary and that there is JOY on the other side for you.
Worried about not seeing your family again? After death you will meet a “cloud of witnesses” and not only reunite with your loved ones but you’ll gain an even bigger family!
Worried about your influence coming to an end? Jesus’ death accelerated his legacy. He told his disciples that they would do even greater things than he. The same is true for you. Your family and disciples will do even greater things than you after you are gone.
[Jesus] himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.Hebrews 2:14-15
Because of Jesus, we don’t have to fear death any longer.