This week, the elders of Emmanuel Baptist Church would like to share with you this blog post written by Pastor Bill Morgan of Grace Baptist Church in Schreiber, Ontario.
A few weeks ago, in a sermon, I tackled the issue of death as it relates to a person who has been born again – a person who has obtained mercy and has been called out of darkness into the marvellous light of the Lord Jesus Christ! “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. Who once were not a people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10) To those who were true believers, who had received pardon for their sins and had been granted eternal life by trusting that Jesus Christ was indeed the Son of God, Jesus stated: “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” (John 8:51) Some time later in His ministry, before Jesus raised Lazarus (who had been dead for four days), He stated something similar to Lazarus’ sister, Martha: “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) Jesus Christ conquered death when He arose from the grave three days after His crucifixion.
The fear and terror of death that some people have is a result of their own sinful nature because sin is what brings this terror and sting. When our sins have been forgiven because of the atonement for sins made at Calvary by the blood of Jesus Christ, we no longer see death the way we once did. Christ has removed this fear and sting from us when we enter His Kingdom by faith alone. We have victory over death because of Jesus Christ. “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet in all these things we are more that conquerors through Him who loved us.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57 Romans 8:37)
Jesus Christ came into our world to set us free from Satan and free from the bondage of sin. Fear of death is a part of that bondage. Fear of any kind is a part of sin’s curse. By repenting of our sins to God and trusting that God’s Son came to save our souls, we will be set free from all bondage and be given the hope of eternal life. “Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. If the Son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:34,36)
“BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD.” (Revelation 14:13)