Donald Grey Barnhouse, a famous bible teacher from the 1950”s, lost his wife to cancer when she was in her thirties. On the way to the funeral his oldest daughter asked him, “If Jesus died for our sins why do we still die?”
At that moment a large truck roared past them. Barnhouse turned to his daughter and asked, “Tell me, sweetheart, would you rather be run over by that truck or its shadow?”
“By the shadow,” she replied, “it can’t hurt you.”
Barnhouse nodded and said, “Did you know that the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus in order that only its shadow might run over us? Your mother has not been overrun by death, but by the shadow of death. That is nothing to fear.”
“I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus told us, “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:24) Christians hold fast to this promise.
That’s why everyone who call Christ their Savior, can say, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)