Monday Minute: Death is not Natural

Over the last few weeks, we have seen a fair amount of death.  The sad event in Florida, an attack in China, missionaries in Africa, a bombing in the UK, and, famously, the death of Billy Graham are but some examples.  Some of us have lost family members and friends over the last few weeks also.

Its been said that there are only two constants, death, and taxes.  But death shouldn’t be on that list.  Sure, it happens to everyone, and it is so common that most believe that is the way it is supposed to be.  But that wasn’t the plan to begin with.

Death is the result of sin.  In Genesis 3, after Adam’s sin and the fall of humanity, God metered out this judgement on us: “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground for out of it you were taken, for you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19 ESV).  But we were not created to die, but to live in eternity in fellowship with Him.  Sin gets in the way of that.

But, that doesn’t mean that all is lost.  Jesus provided a way for us to escape death’s grip, and live that planned eternity in relationship with Him: “For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17 ESV)

Living in relationship with Christ frees us from the bonds of sin and death.  We do not need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered it.  Our sin-damaged body will die, but in Christ, we have the assurance and comfort of knowing that our own death will not be the end, but the beginning of an eternity with Him.  Like we were designed from the beginning to experience.

If you are not sure that you are part of the promise that is for those who are “in Christ,” talk to me about it.  It’s too important to put off.

In His Grip,
Jim

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