For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 1 Peter 4:6
The message of the Gospel is a message of grace, hope, and transformation. The power of the Gospel stops a man in his tracks, causes him to realize his sin, and turns him to God. The Gospel is not about being born into a Christian home, going through catechism, attending church, or being a good moral person. It is about life transformation. Describing a person who applies the power of the Gospel to his/her life, Paul says, "the old is gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The message of the Gospel is not only for this life. Trust in this truth carries us from our human earthly state to our spiritual heavenly home. Even if the believer is judged before man, and that judgment results in physical death, the human verdict is reversed by the eternal God. Sin itself, and sometimes the sin of man, will kill the body. But the ultimate consequence of sin will be overturned by the final Judge who replaces death with life.
The message of the Gospel is the message of Jesus Christ who "died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18a). Jesus, Himself, was "put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit" (1 Peter 3:18b). Those who follow Jesus follow Him in death and life.
Father, thank You that the message of the Gospel trumps sin and death. Thank You for the promise of eternal life. Thank You that death, whether by natural causes or at the hand of man, cannot separate us from Your love demonstrated in Christ Jesus. In our Savior's name we pray. Amen.