The Death of Death
After the kingdom arrives, it marks the beginning of something so wonderful that even the Apostle John could hardly describe it (Rev 22). We know that suffering, sorrow, pain, and death will be gone because God will wipe it all out. Jesus, “who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new” (Rev 21:5). Since everything is new and all of the old things are gone, I say, “Good riddance!” Even so Lord, come quickly!
The Beginning of Eternity
Jesus tells us, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John11:25). In other words, whoever believes in Him doesn’t have to fear death anymore. We know that each of us has an appointment with death and then comes the judgment (Heb 9:27), but for those who have trusted in Christ, their sins have already been judged. That removes the wrath of God (John 3:36), so dying is just the beginning, and even if we die, “yet shall [we] live” again.
Since the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), and Jesus never sinned, the grave couldn’t hold Him (Acts 2:24), so in the kingdom, there will be no more funerals, but there will be no more grief counseling either because there will be no more pain, sorrow, suffering or death. The end of death, sorrow, and suffering begins when we enter into the presence of God and we finally see His glory, but we will see Him for the very first time; even face to face (Rev 21:3; 22:4). That cannot compare with anything that we endure in this life, can it (Rom 8:18)?