In 2005, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford University in which he said: “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.” And there implied is the fear-filled question of unbelievers: is there life after death?
But, having come face-to-face with the possibility of my own
sooner-than-later departure (also due to pancreatic cancer), I have pondered how many who call themselves
‘born-again’ believers are afraid of death. I know that you who read this blog called
“Dying to Live” share my strong conviction that there is no life on earth for
us without our participation in Christ’s death and resurrection. We only live because He died. We only live when we die—to the realm of sin and self. Paul states it clearly, “we have died to this life, and our real
life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).
But I am afraid Steve Jobs was right. Even as people who want to go to heaven are afraid to die to get there, so too it is for Christians who have not understood they are already crucified with Christ, and can say I no longer live [I am dead to this world], but Christ lives in me (Gal 2:20). Is there life after death? You better believe it! And aren't you just dying to get it!