Jesus is either the divine Son of God or the devil.  There can be no neutral ground because Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, will live, even though he dies,  and whosoever lives and believes in Me will never die, do you believe this?”   John 11:35   What an enormous claim.  Staggering is His promise of life.  That’s what we want to believe. It is what we need, LIFE now and forever more.  That’s Jesus offer.

We are all involved in the tragic possibility of suffering.  Every intelligent person knows that he lives every minute of his life on the brink of disaster. Life is transitory, perilous, potentially horrible.  I do not believe that God causes death or takes our loved ones in death.  God is good. He is love.  Some misfortunes are caused by bad luck, some are caused by bad people, some are simply an inevitable consequence of our being human and being mortal, living in a world of inflexible, natural laws. It is a fact of life, that in this world we groan and die.

Death is not morbid nor to be dreaded.  Death is the gateway into eternity with God.  Eternal life, God’s kind of life, begins when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Meaningful, purposeful life is ours as we come alive in Christ.  He changes us inside out with newness of life.  We can have that resurrection power now.  In Christ, we are not on our way to death, but we are on our way to life. Life in Christ is deathless.  Death from man’s understanding seems to be failure and defeat but in God’s sight for those in Christ, it is victory and gain.  The tomb is not a blind alley, it is a thoroughfare.  Death is not a door marked exit, but a door marked entrance.  It is not the end but just the beginning.  May we see in Christ’s death, the death of death.

Just think:  “Of stepping on shore and finding it Heaven.
Of taking hold of a hand, and finding it God’s.
Of breathing a new air, and finding it Celestial.
Of feeling invigorated and finding it Immortality.
Of passing from storm and tempest to unbroken Calm.
Of waking up, and finding it HOME.”


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