A missionary in Brazil discovered a tribe of Indians in a remote area. A contagious disease was ravaging the population. To get medical attention they would need to cross a river—a river, they believed, was inhabited by evil spirits. The missionary told them how he had crossed the river unharmed. No luck. Finally, he swam beneath the surface and emerged on the other side. Then the Indians followed him.
Jesus saw people enslaved by their fear of death. He explained that death was nothing to fear. He called Lazarus out of the grave yet they were still cynical. He had to submerge himself in the water of death before people would believe that death had been conquered. And he came out on the other side of death’s river. He proved once and for all, our death, is not final.