Who’s Afraid of Mister Death?
by Brotha DC
A few years ago I was in an office with a bunch of people that liked to get into some deep conversations during slow periods. Often we discussed the vicissitudes of life... love... etceterra. But on one occasion, the conversation turned to the concept of death. “How would you like to go,” the question was asked.
Most wanted to go in some quick and dramatic way... like a skydiving mishap. Or maybe a quick automobile collision. The discussion also covered those who were to be executed for a capital crime. Would a firing squad be preferable to the slow burn of the electric chair?
One colleague finally chimed in. With a panicked voice, she begged us to please change the subject! She couldn’t bear the thought of her own demise. The great unknown of death was terrifying to her... as it seems to be for a lot of people. Many just try to push the idea aside. When they do discuss it, the conversation can be like two colleagues I overheard just the other day. One was concerned that they would be trapped in a paralyzed body with their brain crying out... but nobody hearing.
I am so happy that I don’t have any such worries or concerns.
Because I have a great and precious promise... and you can to. What promise? The promise in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that the moment that I am absent from this physical body, I will be in the presence of the Lord. Check it out:
For those who who by fath make the quality decision to cling to, trust in, and rely upon God’s free gift of love, death is no longer a threat. So what is this gift? How can you get it?
The great unknown is now revealed. The mystery of what happens after we die is solved. And for those worried that they might not have lived a good enough life to escape hellfire... the good news is that we don’t have to. Jesus lived the good life that we could never live. And when we cling to, trust in, and rely upon what Jesus did... then we can receive the eternal life that we could never earn. And since Jesus told us in John 3:16 that we shall not perish (will never come to destruction... will never be lost) then we can embrace the promise of eternal (everlasting) life.
But wait a minute. People who believe and receive Jesus have been put into a pine box and buried six feet under. How does that work? Again, remember the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that when we are absent from our physical body, we will be in the presence of the Lord. So then, what is there to say about Mister Death?
Wow! When the world has reached the end of its lifespan and the celestial trumpet sounds, those who died in Christ will rise first (after all, they have six feet farther to travel). Then, those who are alive will rise up with them to meet the Lord in the air.
Okay, but what happens before the end of the world... before the trumpet blast?
Well, Saint Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:54 that death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory. He goes on in the next verse to ask, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The answer for those in Christ is that death has no victory. For those who have eternal security through Christ, the sting of death has been rendered impotent.
Delivered From the Power of Darkness
by Judy Ann
Father, we thank You for Christ, our Passover lamb, Who has been sacrificed to clear us of sin. You have delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of Your Love. Therefore we will keep the Festival, not with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the bread of sincerity and truth. Amen.
Life in the Spirit
by Judy Ann
Father, I thank You for strengthening those whose hearts are fully committed to You. You prove Yourself mighty on their behalf. LORD, You have done great things for Your people, and we are filled with joy! We are a happy people, replacing the lower life for the higher life of the Spirit. Thank You for the great things You have done and are doing for us in the name of Jesus, amen.
Complete in Christ
by Judy Ann
My life is complete in You, Lord Jesus. Every answer, every need, every solution I have need of is available to me. You are Jehovah-Rapha, my Healer, Jehovah-Nissi, my Victory, Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider. You are Jehovah M’Kaddesh, my Sanctifier, Jehovah-Shalom, my Peace and Security. My Shepherd, you’re Jehovah-Rohi, Jehovah-Tsidkenu, my Righteousness, and Jehovah-Shammah, my ever-present Friend. Because I am complete in You, Lord Jesus I can overcome my insecurities and bring maturity and wisdom to every relationship for the good and benefit of others. Amen