Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Today Reminder – 5 April 2017

A reminder for today
Because God's children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

What do we fear? Is it death? Are we uncertain of what awaits us? There are so many people still caught in this grip of fear for death. What exactly do fear in death? Is it the fact that we are not sure of what our judgement will be like or do we fear death, because we do not want to lose what we have? Does your possessions carry too much value so that you do not want to part with them? Death comes to us all. In the movie “Joe Black”, they said that death is as certain as taxes. You will always pay tax so death is imminent.  Therefore the phrase “death and taxes”. So what exactly is death? Does death mean the end of our existence? 

The Bible presents death as separation: physical death is the separation of the soul from the body, and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God.

Death is the result of sin. “For the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23a. The whole world is subject to death, because all have sinned. “By one man sin entered the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). In Genesis 2:17, the Lord warned Adam that the penalty for disobedience would be death—“you will surely die.” When Adam disobeyed, he experienced immediate spiritual death, which caused him to hide “from Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8). Later, Adam experienced physical death (Genesis 5:5).

On the cross, Jesus also experienced physical death (Matthew 27:50). The difference is that Adam died because he was a sinner, and Jesus, who had never sinned, chose to die as a substitute for sinners (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus then showed His power over death and sin by rising from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28; Revelation 1:18). Because of Christ, death is a defeated foe. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55; Hosea 13:14).

For the unsaved, death brings to an end the chance to accept God’s gracious offer of salvation. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). For the saved, death ushers us into the presence of Christ: “To be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23). So real is the promise of the believer’s resurrection that the physical death of a Christian is called “sleep” (1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:10). We look forward to that time when “there shall be no more death” (Revelation 21:4).

Lord, we look forward to be with you. You are the only way and therefore we give you our hearts and our lives so that we may be with you in eternity. Carry us through our challenges today so that we will not drift from you, but instead that we will only draw closer. Let us wear your armour in victory. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.