Death has no power over him any more. Romans 6:9 JB
美国长老会有一个牧师叫Donald Grey Barnhouse。和我很熟。他已经去世了。他的妻子走得更早。三十多岁就走了。那时候，三个孩子都不到12岁。凭着信心，他决定自己在妻子葬礼上讲道。在去教会路上，他和孩子们驾车遇到一辆大卡车迎面开过来，大卡车的影子照在他们车上。他就问孩子：你们希望被卡车压过，还是他的影子压过？当然是影子啦，女儿说，影子不会伤害你。他说，是的。你们的妈妈不是死了，只是被死亡的荫影压住了。在葬礼上，他引用诗篇23章，“我虽然行过死荫的幽谷，我不怕遭害，因为你与我同在。”（诗23:4）什么也伤害不了我们，包括死亡。因为我们相信基督是我们的救主，基督已经胜过死亡。
Christ died for our sins, and by His death He destroyed death. In Christ, we no longer regard death as the king of terrors. Paul wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23, NIV) Why? Was it because he worked so hard for Christ and had suffered so much? No! He was ready because half a lifetime earlier he had met Christ on the Damascus road. In 1 John 3:14 we read that we have already “passed from death to life.” You can have eternal life now, The conquest of death is the ultimate goal of Christianity. Physical death is a mere transition from life on earth with Christ to eternal life in heaven with Christ. For Christians there is such a thing as the shadow of death. Death casts a shadow over those who are left behind.
Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse was a prince among American Presbyterian clergymen. I knew him well. He died a few years ago. His first wife had died from cancer while still in her thirties. At the time, all three of his children were under twelve. He had such victory that he decided to preach the funeral sermon himself.En route to the funeral they were overtaken by a large truck which, as it passed them, cast a large shadow over their car. He asked one of his children, “Would you rather be run over by that truck or its shadow?”“By the shadow, of course!” replied the twelve-year-old daughter. “A shadow can’t hurt you.”With that answer, Dr. Barnhouse said to his three motherless children, “Your mother has been overrun not by death, but by the shadow of death.” At the funeral he spoke on Psalm 23: “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (verse 4, NKJV).Nothing can harm us, including death, when we have trusted Christ as Savior because Christ has conquered death-so shall we.