Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hebrews 2:11-18

What is the one thing that all of us must do in this life? Hint: It is not paying taxes. The only thing all of us have to do is to die. For everything else in this life we have a choice. Sometimes the choice is not pleasant (even though many people say you have to pay taxes you do have a choice, you could choose to go to prison instead) but it is a choice just the same. Today's reading reassures us that the only thing all of us have to do is not something to be feared.

Hebrews 2: 14-15, "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." When Christ died on the cross he defeated Satan and thus defeated death. By defeating death He earned eternal life for all of us. If Christ had not come in human form and had not paid for our sins with His sacrifice, then the one thing all of us must do should be feared - as who among us could pass the test of judgment? But for all of us who truly believe that Jesus is the Christ, death should not be feared. It is not an end but the doorway to a new and wonderful life.

Do you know anyone who fears death? If so how can you share this truth with that person? For if that person became a follower of Jesus Christ, or deepen their faith in Jesus, that fear of death may be removed from their life. Today's reading reminds us not only of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us but that we should share this with those who do not fully appreciate its meaning. Remember, God wants you and me to come to heaven, but He does not want us to come alone.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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