Thought for the Day #327
9 But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone 14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Fear of death is common to every human being.
Everyone is born under slavery to the law of sin and death. The small child may be unaware of their mortality, but they soon demonstrate the instincts of life preservation.
As we grow older, we become keenly aware that life can end at anytime. This is a terrifying thought for multitudes of people; an inescapable fact that produces an inner fear that is almost beyond description.
The power of death has been destroyed by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.
Certainly, our natural body will cease to live eventually; none of us know when it will happen. Some prepare for it. Others are prone not to think of it. But it will happen!
For the Christian, death can be looked upon as an end of struggles within a very imperfect and ungodly world. There is no need to fear. Death is actually the doorway for the child of God to an eternal, fulfilling life. Jesus Christ has already died that we might not have to. He paid the price to redeem us out of the slavery of sin and death.
Death has utterly been destroyed, and new eternal life established. There is no need to fear. There are many reasons to rejoice. We have been set free from the slavery of sin. Our guilt and condemnation has been removed through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. Fear has been replaced with faith and hope.
Live each day with anticipation of all the things that are beautiful and fulfilling. Face the difficulties and trials of life with courage and faith. Draw quiet peace and contentment in the knowledge that death is but a passageway into eternal perfection and wonderful peace for those who have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus.
The way to eternal life: “repent
and be baptized for the remission of sin.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am afraid of dying. I want to know that my sins are forgiven and that I have eternal life through Jesus my Lord. Forgive me of my sin, cleanse me from all unrighteousness; give me eternal life. I will quickly obey your command to be baptized for the remission of sin. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.