Is There Any Hope in Death?

The unnatural ripping of the soul in the body, death, is a painful reality that escapes us.

Following the death of his dear friend Lazarus–however He knew that He would nevertheless raise him from the dead–Jesus Christ cried (John 11:35). He was transferred, profoundly ! Tears streamed down His face as His chest heaved with all the painful cries of reduction.

Can there be any hope in death?

It’s an enemy, you understand. It’s an enemy that is greater than any enemy we all know on this earth. It’s a greater enemy than Satan himself. It’s an enemy that we cannot escape, run out of, conceal out of, or outsmart.

We all have an appointment with death and we don’t know when that appointment is. When does your appointment arrive?
Can there be any hope in death?

The Bible informs us that”by fear of death” the entire planet is”subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:15, ESV).

Oh yes, we can want to escape it for a moment, can’t we? That’s the reason why we do not like funerals. We prefer to not think about death. “Allow me to think about pleasure, family, potential ” However there are moments, such as the passing of a loved one, if we are faced with that frightening, fearful reality: death.
Can there be any hope in death?

Have you ever thought about why you spend a lot of your time, energy, money, and ideas trying to escape ? You build safe homes with locks and alarms; you purchase cars with steel frames and airbags; you pay thousands of dollars for health insurance as you procure the top doctors at the top hospitals. Why? Is not it more than trying to escape the inevitable? You have an appointment with death, to that, may I remind you, you won’t be late. And even today, that you don’t know when that appointment is–is it today, tomorrow, next week, several years from today?

There’s a reason and God, in His Word, provides it to us.

All sinned and so all perish.

It’s our fault that death reigns on the planet. That is the reason why death feels really unnatural and painful: we were not made to encounter it! It was upon the very first act of idolatrous human rebellion against God that death entered the world.

“It’s our fault that death reigns on the planet. That is the reason why death feels really unnatural and painful: we were not made to encounter it”

Certainly not me! I couldn’t possibly be the cause of such anguish!”

Oh my friend, did not you hear it? None of us is exempt by the indictment of sin.

None is righteous, no, none; nobody understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; collectively they have become worthless; nobody does good, not even one.

It becomes worse.

We attempt to appeal to God:”I never understood Your law. I didn’t intentionally rebel against You, God!”

“Certainly, I shouldn’t be subject to death for I am, after all, a great man, aren’t I?”

The Bible informs us that the power of sin is the law. How? Because the law of God–composed upon each individual’s heart and clearly revealed in His Wordstands as a witness against you that you have violated it. Not one of us can plead ignorance for each one among us has heard the law of God–if during the warnings of your conscience that have reverberated on your heart or by means of the explicit warnings of Scripture itself.

Each one of us has chosen to break it.

What’s death such an enemy? What’s death so fearful? Can you recall the words of Hebrews 9:27?

The ruling . Awaiting our departure from this body during the cold, tumultuous, pain-filled waters of death is the judgment seat of God. Immediately after that your last breath, you will stand before God Almighty to be judged:

His sacred law. My friends, that should be a frightening realization for you: God will judge you based upon his law!

But perhaps you believe:”I can keep God’s law. I will be approved! Look at all of the good I have done–I have given money to church and charity and I have helped the bad; I have been a fantastic kid for my parents, a fantastic parent to my kids. I am generous; I attend church faithfully each week. I may be the most spiritual person that you’ve ever met, but I am not that bad.”

That type of thinking does nothing more than expose the individual as having a deficient understanding of what God’s law demands of them. God’s law isn’t satisfied by penance; God’s law isn’t satisfied with a certain amount of spiritual dedication to church and charity; God’s law isn’t satisfied nor fulfilled by praying to saints, confessing sins, doing sacramental responsibilities, abstaining from certain sins or doing certain societal”good deeds” Oh , my friends. God’s law demands much, much longer: God’s law demands perfection.

Perfection of mood, thought, action, and phrase. God’s law demands perfection of your whole being–heart, mind, will, and feelings!

“God’s law isn’t satisfied nor fulfilled by praying to saints, confessing sins, accomplishing sacramental responsibilities, abstaining from certain sins or doing certain societal’good deeds’ Oh , my friends. God’s law demands much, much longer: God’s law demands dedication.”

God’s law demands nothing short of absolute, absolute moral perfection.

Is not that why His law starts :

On both of these commandments depend all of the Law and the Prophets.”

My dear friends, Jesus didn’t say,”You shall do to do your best…” He said,”You shall…” Anything less than perfect love toward God and toward your neighbor is a failure to maintain the law. “Trying your best” is inadequate law-keeping and such a testimony of attempts is unsatisfactory in the celestial court of God’s justice.

The purpose? God’s law is a law that keeps you shackled and bound from the power of death.
Can there be any hope in death?

There is hope? However, what, Paul?

Bound from the boundless and impossible demands of God’s law, we are all exposed to the chains of sin and death–doomed for eternity as we are crushed beneath the insurmountable burden of the law pushing upon our spirits. “However…

Oh, what a glorious term for us to read:”But thanks be to God…”

There’s an escape? There’s a way out? There’s…hope? In what? Listen, my friends; hear the expectation being provided to you that day at the face of death:

But thanks be to God, that gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Taking upon Himself a human nature, Jesus Christ left his throne of glory above and entered this fallen, broken, sin-plagued, death-doomed planet to live among people to reside with usto reside for us.

Jesus Christ, though He was in the kind of God, didn’t count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the kind of a servant–by taking on humanity: flesh and bones, weakness and frailty.

Jesus Christ, the Word of God, became flesh and lived among us.

Why? Why could Jesus Christ go into this broken planet to live among people?

Jesus Christ entered the world as a man below the law. But unlike every human born before Him and after Him, Jesus Christ was not crushed by the burden of law but he maintained it. In excellent obedience to His Father, Jesus Christ lived the life you and that I might never live. He accomplished what Adam failed to accomplish; He also achieved what you have failed to do –He lived a sinless life:

He lied.
He cheated.
He lusted.
He grew unrighteously angry.
He was not impatient, unkind, and malicious.
He gossiped nor slandered

My friends, hear meJesus Christ not just never committed sin; He omitted righteousness. Meaning, not only did not conduct what was wrong, He didn’t conduct what was perfect. He actively obeyed every law…yes, Jesus Christ perfectly adored the Lord His God with all His heart, spirit, and mind and always–at every time in each day–adored His neighbor absolutely as Himself.

My dear friend, Jesus Christ lived the life that you might never live–He was not crushed by the burden of the law’s demands; He also maintained those demands in excellent obedience.

But that isn’t all He did. Having perfectly satisfied the law’s demands, Jesus Christ walked to the epicenter of human depravity on Mount Calvary and, though He had committed no sin,”he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). He went to the cross of Golgotha after having lived a life that we couldn’t survive, and He died the death that we deserve to perish.

Do not you see what He has done? It was a substitution–God in the flesh have come to save you out of His own heavenly wrath.

His breath leaving him, Jesus declared the final verdict: “Tetelestai”–“It is finished” (John 19:30). His spirit wrenched from his own body, the Lord Jesus Christ gave up His soul unto death.

But unlike any sufferer death’s cold hands have grasped, this one could differ. Three days later, on the first day of this week, until the sun had arisen and the planet had awakened, the pangs of death were loosed from the power of God and Jesus Christ rose from the grave, triumphant over sin, victorious over death.

“Can you sit here today as a bloated, condemned, helpless, and hopeless sinner? I then have a Savior for you whose arms are opened wide, whose wrists, feet, and side bear the marks of heavenly love, and he’s calling you today:’Come to Me, and I’ll provide you rest to your soul. ”’

And today He expands that success to you today! He died and rose to accomplish salvation for both guilty, convicted, destitute, helpless sinners.

Can you qualify? Can you sit here today as a bloated, condemned, helpless, and hopeless sinner? Afterward I have a Savior for you whose arms are opened wide, whose wrists, feet, and side bear the marks of heavenly love, and he’s calling you today:”Come , I’ll provide you rest to your soul”

How can you come back to the Savior?

You cannot arrive to your self-righteous faith.
You cannot arrive to your own perceived”good deeds”
You cannot arrive to your spiritual works or your own acts of charity.

No, my friend, you can just include open hands for the gift of God’s grace. Nothing on your hands can you deliver, only to His cross you need to cling. The call in Jesus Christ is straightforward:

Repent? That means to think God about what He says about you–that you are a sinner that has turned, on your rebellion, against him and his law. And, so, you are a sinner who wants to be judged to your own sin. Can you believe Him? Repentance is your change of mind at which you stop thinking the self-delusion that you can be good enough for God if you really do enough good deeds.

Repentance is agreeing with God that you can not ever keep His law, having already broken it, and turning away from the sin in your heart and with your toes, and toward God to worship, serve, enjoy, and live for Him.

Think? My friends, accurate, real, saving notion –saving faith–is casting your spirit upon Jesus Christ to save you from the sin understanding that Christ, and Christ alone, can save you.

True saving faith is expecting nothing else other than Christ’s perfect work in satisfying the law on your behalf and bearing the penalty of breaking it that you simply deserve to bear.

It’s a faith that creates a lifetime far away from sin and toward God; it’s a faith that creates a life that succeeds to live for, serve, and worship King Jesus! It’s a faith that demonstrates its authenticity from the radically changed lifestyle span of this person who owns it.

Can there be any hope in death?

If you are expecting on your great works to save from it, the answer is,”No. There’s not any expectation in death.”

If you are working to suppress death’s appointment and distract yourselves together with all the activities of life, the answer is,”No. There’s not any expectation in death.”

However, for you, the person who has cast yourself on the Lord Jesus Christ in repentant faith for the salvation of your soul? “Oh , there’s hope in death for you personally, for death then only becomes the gateway into the eternal paradise of glory!”

Is not this why the apostle Paul can say, with trust teeming out of his spirit,”For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)?

But thanks be to God, that gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54–57)

Can there be any hope in death?

For people who have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ throughout his life, death, burial, and resurrection, the answer is a resounding,”Yes! ”

It’s my expectation and it’s my prayer that none of you’d complete this article still shackled from the crippling fear of death. Come back to Christ and know the peace of God that surpasses understanding, guarding your heart and mind even in the face of such an enemy.

Amen.

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