The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
When God created Adam, He made a corpse from the dust of the ground. Then He breathed life (or spirit) into it. And this is how God has made you. This is who you are.
You are the union of a unique soul and a unique body, both created by God. So, what is death? Death is a temporary separating of the soul from the body.
Death is the separating of what God has joined together. That is why death is such a fearful thing to us. Death is the undoing of our very nature. It’s the dismantling of what God has put together, and the tearing apart of what God has joined together.
The Bible calls death an “enemy,” and Jesus wept when he saw its effect. He was outraged at this enemy, and He came to destroy it. But death is the last enemy to be destroyed, and until Christ returns, all of us will go through it.
Death is the last effect of sin, and it is the surest evidence that this deadly disease is in us all: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). Nothing in this life shows us more clearly that we are all sinners. Nothing shows, more powerfully, that all of us need a Savior.
What light does this shed on the meaning of death for you?