It is no evidence against you if you are subject to bondage; it is no mark against you if you cannot look death in the face without doubt or fear.
Is it not ‘the children’ who feel the bondage? And did not the LORD come to deliver them from it? Are you then not a child because you fear death? If you had no sense of sin, no tenderness of conscience, you would be as careless about death as most other people are. Thus, your bondage, your very fears, if they make you sigh and cry for deliverance, are marks of life. The day will surely come when the LORD will remove these chilling fears and put an end to these killing doubts.
As you draw near to the brink of Jordan, the LORD will be with you to deliver you, who, through fear of death, are now subject to bondage; He will extract its sting and rob the grave of its victory, enabling you to shout “Salvation!” through His blood, even at the moment when nature sinks lowest and the last enemy appears nearest in view.
Oh, what a Blessed Jesus we have; what a Heavenly Friend; what a Divine Mediator between a Holy God and our guilty souls! What love He displayed in taking our flesh and blood; what kind condescension, what wondrous depths of unspeakable Grace! He loved us sufficiently to lay down His life for us. Did He not, for our sakes, endure the agony of the cross, the hidings of God’s face, the burden of sin, the pangs of hell? And if He has done all this for us on earth, will He leave His work undone in Heaven?