“Christ Jesus .. has destroyed death
and has brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel.”
(2 Timothy 1:10)
For many people death is something to be feared and resisted at all costs.
Woody Allen reportedly once said, “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
By His own death and resurrection Jesus Christ has given to his followers a different perspective. Firstly He has gone through death Himself and, by rising again, has conquered it and deprived it of its power over Him and all others who are ‘in Him.’ Once we are united with Christ not even death has the power to separates us from Him – and He is very much alive!
Secondly we have His great promise.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26)
John Stott has explained it this way. ‘These verses contain a double promise of Jesus to His followers. The believer who lives will never die, because Christ is his life, and death will seem to him only a trivial episode. The believer who dies, however, will live again, because Christ is his resurrection. Thus Christ is both the life of those who live and the resurrection of those who die. Christ transforms both life and death.’
Jesus promise is validated by His own resurrection. Because we are a members of His Body and His Spirit lives within us His Life and Power reigns supreme – and we are quite safe.
Nothing can separate me ‘from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Lord Jesus You are my Way, my Truth and my Life – help me to trust in You and to be at peace. Amen.