Scared To Death Of Death

Mask on. Great. Vaccinated? Outstanding! But what if you die of something else? When the devil get believers to be afraid of death, it’s because the hearts of believers aren’t assured of the resurrection of the just.

But death comes whether you’re afraid of it or not. The assurance that we have is that Christ was raised from the dead. And when we repent of sin and place our full confidence in Jesus alone, we’re assured of His promise to resurrect us.

We don’t preach about this much because some of you don’t believe it.

What we preach about much is healing to prevent death. But even Lazarus died again.

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the assurance that God honored His Word.

The Lord Jesus completely obeyed every commandment of the Father. He lived a sinless life. As a result, the Lord raised Him from the dead.

Romans 6:4-11 (NKJV) “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The world is scared to death of death.

It doesn’t mean that we have to be like the world and be scared with them.

The church, at least in some segments, have some sense.

We recognize that death can’t defeat life. We all know that by one man’s sin, death came, and death passed upon all men for all have sinned (see Romans 5:12).

We don’t like death, but just because we don’t like it, it doesn’t mean that we don’t talk about it. And just because we don’t like death, it will not stop death from coming.

But if you’re in Christ, your body will be resurrected with the just.

The world doesn’t believe in the resurrection of Christ, but they believe in “reincarnation.”

They believe that they will come back as an animal. But this silly notion puts you in the food chain. Whatever is your predator, it will hunt you down and eat you. And even if you escape the predator, death will still catch you, and your animal body still end up in the mouth or mouths of animals that eat dead animals.

You see, the world has no hope. No expectation. They live it up. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow, we die, but for the true believer in Christ, we have the hope or expectation of the resurrection.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NKJV) “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”

When all the world talks about the death of notables, be assured in your hearts that because He lives, I will live again too, should the Lord tarry.

We all get emotional at the departure of others. It’s a sad moment, but when you’re in Christ, these Scriptures gives us all the comfort that we need.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:1-8 (NKJV)

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.

For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (NKJV)

“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:

“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.

So don’t be scared to death of death. Because if you’re in Christ, death will be swallowed up into victory.

For death has nothing to shout about.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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