At death, we are all suddenly made equal. Even though the funerals may differ tremendously, we are all equal at the moment of death (Ps 49:16). No matter how privileged or rich we may have been in this life, we become equal in death to the poorest of the poor (1 Tim 6:7). The ornate funeral of a royal king should not deceive us; such a person is equal at the moment of death to the poorest leper who dies namelessly on a backstreet alleyway of Calcutta. If we are blessed with great material wealth or an exceedingly high status/position in this life, we should be sobered by the realization that it means nothing at the moment of death. If we have been poor and/or lowly (in the eyes of the world) in this life, we can take heart at the certainty that even the most privileged are our equal in death.
Death is one of the very few truly universal and inescapable experiences (Ps 89:48; Ecc 7:2; Heb 9:27). Even our Lord Jesus Christ tasted death for us. The only recorded exceptions to date are Enoch and Elijah (Gen 5:21-24; Heb 11:15; 2 Kings 2:11). We have the promise that the generation of believers still alive at the Lord’s return will not see death, but will experience immediate translation into the presence of God (1 Cor 15:51-52)
Despite its universality, most people are unwilling to face the inevitability of death. Consider the euphemisms we employ for death (“expired”, “passed away”, “no longer with us”, etc.) and the highly developed art of the embalmer whose aim is to conceal the appearance of death. Many people do not have a will, sometimes because of procrastination, but often because of an abhorrence of the thought of death.
Contrary to secular wisdom, death is neither “natural” nor “right”. The world regards death as a “natural” process of life; it’s only “natural” because of the characteristics of a fallen world steeped in sin. However, death was not a part of the original creation and entered the world through Adam’s sin (Rom 5:12).
Death is an enemy that Christ possesses absolute control over (Rev 1:18). At His first coming, He destroyed death’s stranglehold over us (2 Tim 1:10) by defeating Satan, the very one with the power of death (Heb 2:14). He alone can set us free from death’s grip (Rom 7:24-25; John 5:24); no other power in the cosmos can free us from death. He will finally destroy at His Second Coming (1 Cor 15:26; 54-55) and death will not exist in the new creation (Rev 21:1-4)