Death to Life
Daily Word Prompt – SwallowWhich short sentence is harder to swallow than the others?
“You have terminal cancer.”
“The flames engulfed quickly; there were no survivors.”
“There is no brain activity, it is time to turn off life-support.”
“It was murder-suicide.”
Each sentence packs a punch filled with emotions. We feel unprepared and afraid of death.
Why are we so afraid of death? We are not going to escape this world without some sort of suffering which will lead to our final breath. If you do not believe in God the Father, Jesus the Savior, or the Holy Spirit the advocate, then you do have reason to fear death. But read how Jesus comforts His people in John 14:1-4.
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
As we enter the coming Holy Week in the Christian faith, we will share a last supper with Jesus on Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), we will walk with Jesus as he takes his last steps on this earth toward the hill on Calvary, we will sit at the foot of the cross on Good Friday and watch Jesus die bearing the weight of our sins, a death we should have to endure. But then…
There is Sunday!
Easter Sunday! The day Jesus proves to us that there is life eternal because He conquered death, rolled the stone away from his grave and appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room where they were hiding out in fear for their lives.
Even though Jesus told them He would return, His disciples did not comprehend His words until they saw him. They didn’t just see Him, they ate with Him. One of the times Jesus appeared to the disciples He promised them an advocate – the Holy Spirit.
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
We spin our wheels in fear of death because we have not fully accepted the promises Jesus made.
Friend, it is time to believe. On Good Friday, drop your fears about death at the foot of the cross and celebrate on Easter morning. The day is full of promise for everyone.
Jesus shares in our suffering in this world, but He knows that the world cannot hold us in the place of suffering. He has paved a way to eternal life that no one else could, can, or ever will be able to pave for us.
Do you believe? iBelieve!