"I'm not even going to think about that!" It is very easy for us to stop thinking about difficult things. To block them out of our mind. Of course this can sometimes be good, or we would worry too much and even become ill. But we can tell ourselves that things are not real, and this gives us big problems. Many people often think like this about HIV-AIDS, or death itself: "It happens to other people, but not me."
A sad song
One of the saddest songs in the world is called 'My Way', sung by American singer Frank Sinatra. It is about someone who is getting near to death, yet sees no reason to worry. If you go on a journey you have never been on before, it is good not to travel alone. Also it is important to know where the journey will end. And death is the one journey we should be ready for at any time.
A man was attacked by a gang in northern Nigeria at the end of 2004. As they hit him with machetes, he said, "I know I'm about to die. Are you all going to die one day?"
"Of course we are," they answered. "I have food for my journey – the bread of life. Make sure that each of you gets the food you need before your time comes."
By 'bread of life', he meant that he had the new life that Jesus gives. He would not be going on the journey though death on his own, because he was travelling with Jesus.
Death gets killed!
In fact the Christians' holy book says that when Jesus died, he killed our old enemy death.1 And Jesus' death paid the punishment for all we have done wrong. So we can be free! Everyone who truly believes this, and asks God to forgive everything they have done, is promised a free place in heaven. This beautiful place is waiting2, but only for those who ask. It is a safe end to their journey.
1) "When this happens, what the holy writings say comes true. It says, 'Death is overcome by victory. Death, you have lost the battle. Death, your power to hurt us is gone.'" (in the Bible's 1st letter to the Corinthians chapter 15, verses 55 & 56).
2) "… what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven. You first heard about this hope when you believed the true message, which is the good news." (in the Biblical letter called Colossians, chapter 1, verse 5)