Free from fear of death: Hebrews 2.14-15

“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.”

Hebrews 2.14-15

By his incarnation and death, Jesus broke the power of the devil to destroy man. Now, we no longer need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered it.

What aspects of death causes dread or fear in people?

#death #fear #VOTD

Ready or not we are going to die

As I was working on the bulletin Friday morning, I started looking over the birthday/anniversaries list and it shocked me to see the number from the January list who passed away in 2017. John McDougald, Becky Miller, Ruth Shields, and Van Parker are names that were on our list last year but who are no longer with us. Death has no respect for the age of a person as we can see from the names listed.

Friday morning I received word that my dear friend in Andalusia, Margie Thomasson, passed away. We were expecting Margie to go home to be with the Lord because of her lingering illness. We visited her recently and knew the process had begun. Margie was a fine Christian and the wife of Curtis Thomasson, an elder of the Cedar Grove congregation in Andalusia.

Death is sure and certain. It is appointed to each of us to die. It is not to be overlooked or ignored, pretending it won’t happen to us. It will come to us as surely as we take a breath. It is foolish, indeed, for a person to not take death and eternity seriously and to prepare for it. The scripture states, “It is appointed once for man to die and then cometh the judgment.” At death our destination is sealed. Prepared or not, we will be whirled out into eternity.

We used to play a game of hide and seek as children. We would yell out, “Ready or not, here I come.” Ready or not we will go into judgment. It is a serious matter and must be taken seriously.

At the beginning of this new year when people will be making new resolutions, new goals, new dreams, let us take our souls into serious consideration. How is it with our soul? The song states,

Some day you’ll stand at the bar on high, Someday your record you’ll see; Someday you’ll answer the question of life, What will your answer be?

Sadly you’ll stand, if you unprepared, Trembling, you’ll fall on your knees. Facing the sentence of life or of death, What will your answer be?

Now is the time to prepare, my friend, Make your soul spotless and free; Washed in the blood of the crucified One, He will your answer be.

#death, #new-years-resolutions

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11-6-2017 Why Blame God

Whenever disaster or evil-inflicted events occur, people are quick to blame God for that evil. They ignore 2 important facts: (1) The Devil is real and against us. Jesus went “through death” to destroy “him who had the power of death that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Devil makes death horrible to see. (2) Evil is in the world because people have not listened to God. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#death, #devil, #disaster, #evil

Never death: John 8.51 VOTD

“I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”

John 8.51

The Jews could not accept this claim of Jesus’, because they were disobedient to God’s will and did not belong to God, v. 47. They rightly understood that such a promise could only come from one who was greater than Abraham.

The condition that Jesus sets down is also rejected by many religious people today. They refuse to obey God in order to escape eternal death. But the Lord’s emphatic introduction calls attention to his statement, that cannot be dismissed nor twisted.

#obedience #truth #death #VOTD

Time to die: Ecclesiastes 3.1-2 VOTD

“For everything there is an appointed time,
and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;”

Ecclesiastes 3.1-2

Solomon apparently believed there is a fixed order of events determined by God. Humans are not independent of God. Just as he set the heavenly lights to determine seasons and years, so he determines the times for human activities.

If there is an appointed time to die, and that appointed time is not known to us, then now is the appropriate time to prepare for the moment of death.

#time #death #life #VOTD

Only one walks through the valley of the shadow of death with us

David is rightly known as an author who expressed his need for God in times of desperation. But to describe God as a crutch in David’s life wouldn’t be fair. God was not David’s crutch. God was David’s life.

In good times, the credit and adoration of David belonged to God. Whether taking on enemy giants or thinking about the little blessings of life, God was at the forefront of David’s life. Numerous psalms and scripture references show this to be true.

At home, David had Jesse by his side. In Saul’s house he had Jonathan. As a spiritual counselor he had Samuel. On the battlefield he had his three nephews, Joab, Abishai and Asahel. But when it came to walking through the valley of the shadow of death, there was only one individual who could keep him company (Psalm 23:4).

We may receive a lot of support from others throughout our life, but when it comes to the end of day there will only be one that seeks to offer help in life as well as comfort in death.

Are we walking with this shepherd today? (John 10:11, 27-28)

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 11:25-26 NKJV)

#david, #death, #jesus

I believe in life after death

I answered a question about life after death here:

http://www.votable.com/p/VGM

I also shared this answer, with a slight edit, to readers of UPLift.

http://randal.us/#UPLift

#death, #resurrection