There is no sting in death for the believer
1 Corinthians 15:54–57 (ASV 1901)
54But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? 56The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law: 57but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Adjibacbayra's last moments on earth moved quickly from one full of pain and discomfort to one of smiles and a longing to leave this plane with his Saviour. With a smile he declared; "Not alone. I won’t walk it by myself. There’s a Friend who wants to take me. And He knows my name, my real name.”
Though Mrs. Chang left the mission hospital knowing she would soon die, she left as a completely different person. For no longer was she afraid of dying, she sang constantly about her hope in Jesus and just before dying pleaded with her loved not to weep at her grave saying; "I will not be there. I will be in Heaven".
As the curtains drew on Dr. Baedeker, his last moments were not spent in fear of death, rather with joy he continued to declare until his triumphant exit, "I AM GOING IN TO SEE THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY!"
Rather than giving in to hopeless despair upon the death of his beloved wife, George Müller used the opportunity to offer heartfelt thanksgiving to God for the life she lived and for her being delivered, just like she wanted; from earthly pain into the everlasting presence of her Savior.
Amy Carmichael relates the story of the passing of a five year old girl. The scene was so sweet that Amy Carmichael wondered, "What must the fountain of joy be if the spray from the edge of the pool can be like that?"
John Wimber's rough grandfather was saved at the very end of his life. The family was skeptical, but John was affected, especially when his grandfather passed away literally in the arms of Jesus.
Mrs. J.D Paris was bed ridden and near death's door, but even in her last moments she spoke so triumphantly about death, with a confidence that was unshaken and an assurance that death had been swallowed up in victory.
Having lived a remarkably sacrificial life, Mr. Cobb on his death bed declares that, "it is a glorious thing to die . . . My hope in Christ is worth infinitely more than all other things".
Ann experienced the joy of being in the Father's will, even near death. There was no sting in death for her, or for any of His children.
Ing Soi, a Chinese follower of Jesus, preached about Jesus even though it would cost him his life. But he did not fear death, and instead sought the forgiveness and conversion of those that killed him. Ing Soi's wife was so moved by this that she sought the Lord to complete this sacred task.
There was no fear, no sorrow or sadness for young Charlotte Green who was about to die, only
joy, peace and a sweet longing to meet the One who had washed her sins. And until her soul took its flight to join the heavenly host, death had no power over her.
With a gun to his head and a promise to shoot after a count of five, Harlan still was unfazed and in fact urged Elias - his persecutor to shoot. For he had a hope, far more powerful than death and was certain that death was only a bridge to eternity with Christ.
13 year old Effie and 9 year old, Vetta became christians at different points and when both were faced separately with the possibility of death, it had no power over them - joyfully they embraced their fate, showing clearly, that there is no sting in death for anyone whose Lord is Jesus Christ.