Christians no longer look forward to death with silent dismay, as a horrible thing which they don’t like to think about. Through Christ they can look this last enemy calmly in the face, and say, “You cannot harm me.” They can look forward to all that comes after death – decay, resurrection, judgment, and eternity – and yet not be the least concerned. They can stand by the side of an open grave, and say, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” They can lay down on their deathbeds, and say, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” “Not a hair of my head will perish.” This is true liberty. This is to be truly free. Best of all, those set free by Christ are free forever.
- J.C. Ryle