Grieving the Death of His Father

Steve Petroelje

READ : Genesis 49:29–50:14

Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. (50:1)

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die” (Eccles. 3:1-2 NIV). When Jacob’s time to die neared, he gave final instructions to his sons and breathed his last. This led to embalming, burial, and a formal seven-day period of mourning. Joseph threw himself upon his father’s body and wept over him and kissed him.

Grieving the death of loved ones is a sad reality and a consequence of living in a fallen world. Death entered this world through the sin of Adam and Eve. Christians grieve when a loved one has taken their final earthly breath. We experience the untidy stages of grief, including denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Yet despite this truth, Christians do not “grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess. 4:13). Christians have hope and comfort in life and in death through our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. We will naturally grieve the death of others. But we can also live with comfort and assurance for those who have trusted in Jesus Christ. For them, death does not have the final word. There is life after death in the glorious presence of God in heaven for believers. Here’s a good question: Will your loved ones have such hope for you when they gather to grieve your death?


Thank you, O Lord, for hope even in death through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.