“Death is, when we think about it, one of the most normal things about life in this world: it is finite and it ends. This happens to everyone. It’s not unusual, and when it happens to people sufficiently far removed from us we can even manage to be indifferent to it. But for all its commonality, close up, death never seems natural. It seems wrong, something that shouldn’t really belong to the human experience – an unwelcome intruder in our world. And as much as we cover it with euphemisms – a loved one has ‘passed away,’ or ‘moved on,’ or ‘left us’ – it is deeply uncomfortable for us even to think about. And so we don’t. The best we can do is not think about it, pretend it isn’t there, live as though it’s not going to happen. We don’t welcome being reminded that we will all have to face it one day.
“Our unease with death is a reflection that we know more than we realize. Death, like sin, does not belong here. Sin leads to death. The existence of death proves the reality of sin. It is the consequence and demonstration that we have sinned against God. It is something we were never intended to experience. As we grasp the significance of death we can begin to see the significance of resurrection.”
-Sam Allberry in Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life (P&R, 2010), pp. 41-42