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

Remembering the real stars of 2016

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

About this time of year, the media, in various forms, will usually share a list of “celebrity-status” stars that they believe need to be remembered due to their passing from this world during the last calendar year.

With all due respect to the “stars” who make those afore-mentioned lists, I would like to say to my brothers and sisters in Christ who lost loved ones this year that if your loved one placed their faith in Jesus, and they served God’s kingdom through the church (Matthew 5:16), then remember that God has not, and will not, forget the life and contribution of the spiritual star whom you held so dear.

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10)

The world is not impressed with the small and unknown. To be a “star” of the world, you have to be a famous, big-time mover-and-shaker who knew how to make the headlines. But all such headlines and works will cease to be profitable once this life is done. But this is not so with the people of God.

God notices the “small and unknown.” When God’s stars pass from this world, they truly rest from their works (Revelation 14:13). But their works are seen in those who carry on by sharing the same light of God’s truth and righteousness which was so important to them. And in that light, which shines from one generation to the next, the real stars of this world will continually be remembered by God, and by those who knew them, until the return of the brightest light that humanity has ever seen (John 8:12).

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

#death, #light, #remembering, #stars

Why we’re perennially shocked at deaths in large numbers

Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.

Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.

Almost an entire professional soccer team, with a gaggle of journalists and flight crew, perished Nov. 29 as they were arriving for the South American Cup in Medellin, Colombia. The team came from southern Brazil. Many of the journalists were well known nationally. Everyone is in shock over the loss of 71 lives. Only six survived.

Apparently, electrical failure was reported by the captain before the plane, owned by a Bolivian company, fell from the sky.

The loss of life is tragic. There is reason to be sad and to mourn. I wrote a short devotional piece, on DeusConosco.com, to help people deal with this moment. Continue reading

#corollaries, #death, #fear, #mission, #murder

When we opened our eyes this morning

empty-bedOne out of eight Americans die in their sleep. Surprisingly, one study found that people with sleep apnea are no more likely to do so than others. There’s a perception that the elderly die in their sleep more often than others. And, of course, there’s the dreaded Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In the Bible, people died in war, from sickness, of old age, and from personal violence such as murder. Just like today. The first sin we have record of outside of Eden was premeditated murder. Many died as a direct result of sin — think of Nadab and Abihu, Korah, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira.

All death is a consequence of sin in the world. It was not a part of God’s original design. Continue reading

#corollaries, #death, #psalms, #urgency