It is a popular platitude for people to say that “death is simply a part of life.” But in reality nothing could be more antithetical to life than death. From a biblical perspective, death is an intrusive and disruptive enemy. The only thing “natural” about death is that all of nature has been unwillingly made subject to it. The Bible reveals that God’s creation was not initially designed to undergo physical death. Death was the penal response to the rebellion of our archetypal parents. Their sin and ours remind us of why life’s enemy is the sentence we each must bear. But thankfully Christ has come to battle our enemy for us. At his first coming he won the war. At his second coming he will depose our enemy. So instead of trying to “accept” death as a part of life, let us stand with our Redeemer who promises that together we will look back on our memories of life’s enemy and say with him that “death has been swallowed up in victory” (1Cor.15:54).
- Pastor Mike
I am so glad that God is better at keeping His promises than the rest of us! Take, for instance, all the goals we make for the year ahead. We go out and buy gym memberships and how-to guides, determined to make progress on some positive habits. Unfortunately, many of those good intentions fall to the wayside within a few weeks or even days.
But not with God. What He says, He will do. We can trust that His Word and His promises will hold true throughout eternity. In The Promises of Grace, author Bryan Chapell provides an encouraging look at the promises we can expect God to fulfill in our lives—promises like the assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, and perseverance in trial. Let us know you’d like a copy of this book when you contact us with your donation.
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