War of the Worlds, a classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, caused panic in America, in 1938, when it was broadcast on radio with the booming voice of Orson Welles as the Narrator. The novel, about a Martian invasion of earth, was thought to be a real life event, as Welles cleverly adapted the novel to make it appear as if a music program was being interrupted by supposed live events.

War of the Worlds continues to fascinate. It’s spawned two films, a tv series and, as a child I remember buying strips of chewing gum accompanied by cards of the Martians invading earth. Thankfully, they invaded America and left my sleepy part of North Wales alone. If you’ve ever read the book, seen the film, watched the tv series or chewed the gum, you’ll know that the Martians, a far superior race to mere earthlings, were defeated by microbial organisms to which they had no resistance.

There’s nothing more frightening today than watching military displays of power. Whether it be the Russians or North Korea you look at their vast armaments and you quake. Such a show makes them seem indestructible, so how do we respond as nations? We build bigger and better weapons, and do all we can to stop other nations developing a nuclear capability. We’ve created a world of war where all human life could be destroyed. Then comes coronavirus. Did it arrive via a bat? Who knows? What we do know is that weapons of war are useless against it. This unseen enemy is travelling round the world attacking whoever it likes, and taking lives at random. No one is safe. We’re like the Martians in War of the Worlds. We think we’re so powerful but we can’t defeat a virus. We’re seen to be what we really are, helpless.

We remain positive in the face of Covid-19 and we are hopeful, rightfully so, that we will beat it, or at least learn to live with it. But we have a far greater enemy than Covid-19, and that is death. There is no vaccine against death and we are all susceptible to its attack. Through medical advancements we may delay death for a while but it will ultimately defeat us, and then what? What will happen after we die?

Some people choose to believe that death is the end. There’s nothing after death, but how do they know? Doesn’t it seem strange that a life filled with meaning ends by being meaningless? Doesn’t this belief contradict what our own hearts tell us, that there must be more than this. The Bible says about God, that “He has also set eternity in the human heart”. (1) Let’s be honest; we know, don’t we, that death is not the end.

Confronted by thoughts of death it’s good to know Jesus as your personal Saviour? Why? Because he has defeated death. Death was one of the enemies he confronted and beat when he was crucified. He died on the cross, but rose again and is still alive today. Death has no hold on him and neither can it hold those who trust in Him. The Bible says, “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (2) It goes on to say, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (3)  Christians know that death is not the end, and they’re not afraid of what comes next because Jesus has promised us an eternity filled with good things, including his ongoing presence. When someone loves you as much as he does, it’s good to think that you’ve got an eternity to spend with him to enjoy his ongoing love, and give yours back to him.

Bible References:

  • Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • 1 Corinthians 15:55
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57