This is why Jesus came. Because of the vicious power of sin and death. This is why he gave his own life. So that death would not have the final word. So death will not win. People we love die; we will die, too. I hate that it’s so. The cost of coming into the world is having to leave it. The cost of loving someone is having to lose them. But death is not the only thing that is true.
Eternal life is also true. This story of Lazarus, it points us to the power beyond what we see in this world. And that’s what gives us power to face what we must face. Because of Jesus, death will not win.