Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Luke 12:4 I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.
What a cheery thought to start the day! As believers, we hope it will never come to that. But, like many throughout the last two thousand years, we grit our teeth and grudgingly admit that heaven will be wonderful.
Why are we so reluctant to own up to our faith in the resurrection of Jesus and so our belief that His promise to raise us up to be with Him is true. As Paul says to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Because He rose we will also rise.
Well, that's all fine and dandy, but dying - particularly if forced upon us by someone else - is usually so messy and uncomfortable. It hurts! And, even though we give intellectual assent to the resurrection, when push comes to shove, we don't want to die.
Jesus touches a raw nerve here and, if we have to be honest, we'd rather not talk about it, thank you very much. We certainly don't want to go there.
Yet death is inevitable; every single one of us will - unless the Lord comes back first - die. That transition from this life to the next, to being wth Jesus in glory, however it happens, will happen. So what is Jesus talking about?
Jesus is telling us that any power, directly or through some agent, that the enemy has over us ends at death. Therefore we should not fear the enemy because he cannot affect our eternal life with Jesus.