Posted by: thirstnomore | March 31, 2009

Death

I often hear people say: “Death is natural and a normal part of life.” While it is true that all have died and will die… only Jesus overcame death. But, biblical speaking death is not normal. Death was a result from the Fall in the garden. Adam and Eve were to live their entire lives with God forever, until they rebelled and decided to worship self instead of God. Death came into the world and all of us being in the family of Adam deserve death and will die. We typically don’t associate sin and death. Or death as a result of sin.

As we watched my daughter die I was very aware that she was not supposed to die. She was supposed to live with God forever, and so was I, and so were all people. Sin was the culprit of her passing. This does not make it easier to walk this tough road. But, it forces me to cling to Jesus because he has overcame death. Anyone who puts their trust in Jesus will not die and will be with him forever.

I was amazed as I listened to a debate with two Christians and two non-Christians (Deepak Chopra and Carlton Pearson a cult leader) check it out: http://theresurgence.com/abc_nightline

The non-Christians had no answer for evil, death, and afterlife. They had no hope because their god was not personal, knowable, or worthy of worship. It saddened me and drives me to take every opportunity to tell others about Jesus. The only one who gives Samantha hope, me hope, Christy hope, and all humans hope. 

Romans 8:2 says it this way: For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Being good, being religious, being self-righteous will never lead us to Jesus, or overcome sin and death. It is only through clinging to Jesus in his death and resurrection, and we will be raised as Jesus was raised.

1 Cor. 15:56 says: The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
2 Cor. 1:9: Indeed, we felt that * we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make * us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

We can’t rely on ourselves because we are not worthy to stand before a holy God. But, thanks be to God who has died in our place and we have full access to him, now and forever! We must take sin seriously.  Our culture is blind because we actually think people are good and deserve to be in heaven and never suffer and will be rich and have perfect kids, etc.  Sin is a bastard (pardon my french), it has wrecked everything from the enviorment, to our health, to our minds, to our salvation. Embrace Jesus the only one who has overcome sin and the one who gives us the Holy Spirit so we can day-by-day not fall prey to sin. Fall at the feet of the one truth, the one way, and the only true God…Jesus!

As we journey towards Easter I am filled with hope and expectation again.  That all is not lost.  Thank you my Lord, my Savior, my God, for overcoming death, sin, hell, and the Enemy.  I now stand free in you and only because of you. May we celebrate well this Easter no matter what we might be walking through right now…

That is what I will stand on…

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  1. I could sing and cry at your words, my friend.


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