Death is all around us every day. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world die every day. With our present corona virus reality, we see how life is valued world wide as governments struggle to help curb the virus and spare lives. Mankind’s frailty and mankind’s limited knowledge and capability shows blatantly during this time. Mankind’s fear of death is real. We try to put it off as long as we can, but it is inevitable.
Sunday, April 12, was Easter Sunday. Over the years, Americans spent time and money on fantasy – the Easter bunny, decorating Easter eggs, eating chocolate and having family “fun”. More people have gone to church on Easter Sunday than any other Sunday of the year. For many of them it is more out of family tradition or superstition than anything else. After all, it they truly believed in Jesus, they would be part of the church every Sunday and throughout every week.
Easter should remind everyone (and does for those who truly believe) that death has been conquered. Though we all must still die an earthly death, resurrection and eternal life are promised to all who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus, Himself, made this possible by His own death on the cross and His own resurrection to eternal life. Death could not hold Him because He was not just human in flesh, but God in spirit. He defeated death from the inside. Having conquered death for Himself, He now has the power to resurrect to eternal life all who believe Him and trust Him. Life and death go on until He brings it all to an end (judgment day), thus giving generation after generation the opportunity to come to know Him and believe Him.
Death is real and must continue for a time. Easter reminds us that its time is limited. Life eternal is coming – but only for those who believe God. If you, O reader, believe God and follow Jesus Christ, then praise Him and remain faithful unto death. As God has promised, you will live forever thought Jesus Christ. If you, O reader, have not believed, it is not too late. Now is the day to believe that Jesus died and rose again – for you. Today is the day to seek Him and to obey Him.