“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” – Hebrews 2:14-15
James Smith wrote:”All must die, but all do not die alike; some are cut off suddenly, others by a lingering illness; some die only safe, others happy. Some fear death all their lives, others do not. But death must be viewed through Jesus, or fear it we shall, if we think seriously.
Death is a separation from the body; the second death is a separation from God. The former we must pass through, not so the latter. What shall separate us from the love of God? DEATH? No, we are more than conquerors through Him that hath loved us. Death only opens the prison-door, and sets the captive free. It is an answer to our many prayers for deliverance, for freedom from sin, and for perfect happiness.
If we are united to Jesus by a living faith, death cannot disunite us; but will only introduce us into His presence, that we may for ever enjoy His love. If we walk with God; if we believe the Saviour’s word; if we look beyond the valley; we shall not fear death. Jesus will not leave us then. He will be present according to His word, and we shall prove His faithfulness, veracity, and love.”
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”–1Cor.15:57
Why should I shrink at pain and woe,
Or feel at death dismay?
I’ve Canaan’s goodly land in view,
And realms of endless day.
Note: Just this week Bev and I, along with Bro. Kenneth and Shelly, visited one of our members who is in hospice care.Although I have known this lady for some time she was like a new person. She knows she is dying and doesn’t care. I have never seen her so happy, so focused, and so concerned about the needs of others. There was absolutely no sign of fear whatsoever– just joy, knowing that in just a matter of days she will be with the Lord who loves her so. Dear friend, it can be the same with you– if your trust is in Jesus!—HDS