In Part 1, we discussed that death is a result, death came about because of Adam’s disobedience. Death was not created by God, it was never in His plan for people. I stated that Death holds the number to our days, death is the ultimate time keeper, who we strive against. But where do we go? What do we do? We go to the Cross of Christ, where death met life!
Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25
Jesus is the life and the ressurection. On the cross that day at Golgotha, Satan orchestrated a crucifixion where the Life was nailed to the cross to die. I write it like that, knowing that it sounds ridiculous, but this is what happened. In God’s plan, life was nailed to the cross to destroy death, to rob the grave of men and women whose souls were bound in the grave. To take back the keys of death and Hades.(Rev 1:18) This would be the death blow to death issued by Jesus. This is where the promise that “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”, was secured.
Death, Consumed in Life
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
Just as death echoed a larger story, the Cross of Christ, being silent tells the end of that story. It says, that now men and women who believe in Jesus Christ, will live, even though they die. It says, that the fear of running out of time, the struggle against the “clock”, the dread and anxiety of what is to come is illusionary for the believer. Death’s grip has been broken on the believers life. The finality of death, is gone, death has lost it’s “sting”. There is eternity on the other side of the experience we call death on this side.
Living Beyond Death, While it’s Still Ahead!
None of this was to be morbid, and it wasn’t to produce any preoccupation with death. The Christian is to be one, who lives not fearing death in action and in belief, but who is not careless with life. Some don’t fear death but are careless and reckless with life. Jesus showed us in the temptation in the wilderness that we are not to “tempt God” with carelessness concerning our lives. (Mat 4:7)
There are many who fear death, and the many aspects of it, rather its losing loved ones, or just losing the life they have here. Ultimately no matter what I say, its what you are convinced of that makes the difference. So I pray that God will convince that He is real, that Jesus Christ is real, that He is alive, and that those who believe will never perish, but have eternal life.