Perhaps it is because, compared to the greatness of Almighty God, we are small, insignificant, and helpless. A lowly, crawling worm epitomizes blind helplessness. If you wanted to stomp on a worm crawling across your driveway, it could offer no resistance. It has no legs to be able to run; no claws to fend you off; no hiss, growl, or bite to scare you. It just lies there awaiting the fate of your big foot. Squish, and it is gone.
That is how we are when it comes to death. It hovers over us like a huge foot. It is so close that the Bible says we live in “the shadow of death,” and we are helpless to change it.
However, when Jesus was born, we are told that upon those who sat “in the shadow of death, light has dawned” (Matt. 4:16). The Light of the World, Jesus Christ, has abolished death through His suffering death and resurrection.
Job 25:6 How much less man, who is a maggot, And a son of man, who is a worm?”