to be Saved
“How can I be saved from death?”
You may have never said it in those words, but I bet you’ve lived it out in one way or another.
The fear of illness and death has never been more prominent in our modern culture than it has been in the past couple of years. Countries have shut down, economies walk crippled, and humanity has altered its entire way of doing things in order to avoid death. Whether it's getting a vaccine or looking both ways when crossing the street, we’ve all attempted to save ourselves from dying.
But why is death so frightening? What’s the big deal?
After all, it’s the most natural thing in the world. It’s the most certain thing in your entire life, actually - you will die.
Death shows up in a variety of costumes, from viruses to heart attacks, car accidents to cancer. It’s the proverbial elephant in the room that everyone sees but no one wants to talk about. In our sanitized culture sugarcoated with positive affirmations and good vibes, the subject of death is taboo.
But avoiding the idea of its existence does nothing to stop it in its tracks. It keeps coming.
Just like the death of my father from cancer several years ago, the day of my death (and yours) is fast approaching. I can’t tell you exactly when it will happen, but I know this - when death knocks, we’ll have to answer.
Since this is true, (and you can’t deny that it is) what can be done? While we’re still living and breathing, shouldn’t we think carefully about our own death and what we can do to prepare for something so unavoidable and literally life altering?
Are you prepared to die?
I know I am.
But before we survey the inevitable day of your death, can we even find out why death occurs in the first place?
The Bible tells us that sufferings, afflictions, catastrophes, sicknesses, and yes, death, are all the result of sin. We die because we sin.
But what is sin? In essence, sin is rebellion against the one true living God who created everything, including you and me. God, who is the Judge of all mankind, demands perfect obedience to His law. Any failure to obey this law is sin, and results in death.
Perhaps you could shrug this off. “Even if sin is the cause of death, so what? All you do is disappear, and that’s it!”
Though I don’t see the comfort in that thought, there’s more to the story. Death isn’t the final battle. It’s the first straw that will break the camel's back.
You see, after death comes the final judgment of God.
When you die, you’ll stand before Him as he evaluates your life according to His perfect standards of good and evil, right and wrong. The Bible says that there is “no one who does good, not even one,” and that “all have sinned.” Since you and I both know that these are true statements, every human being would be labeled a guilty sinner and then condemned to eternal punishment - Hell.
Hell is a terrible reality. It is a horrible place originally created for the devil and his angels. It is a place of unending misery and agony where the fire never goes out. Jesus says that it is ‘a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth’.
I’m sure you’ve experienced some terrible things in your life, but even your experiences cannot compare to the horror that awaits those sentenced to Hell. Imagine - no joy or peace. No parties or friends. No laughter or goodness, forever. Solitary confinement, forever.
There is a reason people shy away from
the thought of death. It’s terrifying.
But it doesn’t have to be.
There is hope.
Let me give it to you straight - you don’t want to face final judgment on your own. If left to your own power and devices, you will be cast headlong into Hell just like every other unredeemed sinner.
But there’s someone who’s willing to stand by you and change all of that.
You see, since God is a God of love, He sent His son Jesus to the earth over 2000 years ago. Jesus, being both the Son of God and God in the flesh left heaven’s glory to become a man. He lived a sinless, perfect life, never erring in thought, word, or deed. Then, instead of leaving us to suffer and die without hope, he died for us.
Jesus came down to earth as a man to die in our place so that he could take our sins upon himself and be punished for them in our stead. Though he was innocent, he took the rightful punishment that we deserved - the fearsome wrath of God - and died for you and me. As the only possible substitute, he became our sacrifice.
But how do we know that this sacrifice worked? It’s simple. He rose from the dead 3 days later! God fully accepted his sacrifice, and the grave could hold him no longer, and now he’s alive forevermore!
That, my friend, is the reason I’m not afraid of dying.
You can be spared a destiny in Hell. You can turn God’s final judgment into eternal paradise in his presence. You can turn fire and suffering into everlasting joy. John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Revelation 24:4 says “...he will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain.” Psalm 16:11 says “in your [God’s] presence is fullness of joy.”
You could have all of that.
You could, if you would only
Do you want to be delivered from debilitating fear? Delivered from this life’s hopeless friviality? Come to Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and know his love deep in your soul. His arms are opened wide ready to receive you. Why continue as you are? Why continue on in the fear of eventual death and destruction? Why stay a miserable sinner? Come to Jesus!
The Bible says, ‘to be absent from the body [death] is to be present with the Lord’ [Phil. 1:23]. The one believing in Jesus Christ for salvation is no longer afraid of death - in fact, we wait for it as a photographer waits for a sunrise. We get up early, we pack our gear, and we trapse out into the cold, dark morning. Everyone else may think we’re crazy, denying all else but our goal. But when everyone else is asleep, and we see the sun rise, everything becomes worth it in an instant, and we’ll finally be home.
“Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” the Bible says.
So come! Call on him! And he will never let you go.
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