Lifelines March 27, 2022

The death of a loved one sends chills down our spines and tears from our eyes.  There is no other experience like it.  It leaves a void where love once lived.  The sharp pain fades through time but the vacancy remains.  It is a sobering reminder that this life will end.  Limitations exist.  Modern medicine has made giant strides against many diseases, but the fact remains.  We will all die.

It scares us.  Mystifies us.  Yet, it looms.  We never know when or how it will come, and then there is judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  There are no exclusions and no sidesteps.  We cannot evade an appearance before the judge and an eternal destination.  Life or death?  Blessing or curse?  Heaven or hell?  Whichever it is, it will never end.  With God or forever separated?  Another sobering thought.

Jesus came to provide a way to the Father (John 14:6).  There is not another option, and it is up to each of us whether we accept or reject His offer.  The decision is a personal one which we cannot hand off to someone else.  The Son of God came that we might have life in abundance (John 10:10).  The love of God prompted such a proposal (John 3:16).  Just about everyone knows the verse and all will make a choice.  To believe or not; that is the question.  Belief is much more than just a mental exercise. It is a choice with eternal implications.

The Bible provides all we need to know about God, humanity and the sin which severs the relationship between the two.  The problem is unveiled in the Garden of Eden and ultimately resolved at the cross.  Two extremes: one of earthly paradise and the other of a brutal execution.  The former is of the loss of innocence and the other is the recapturing of it.  Guilt demands a penalty, and Jesus paid it.  God’s love and justice collided on a cross.  Death appeared victorious.  It was only a momentary illusion.

A force more powerful than death reversed the appearance to show the reality.  The Lord Is supreme over everything, even death.  The back was lashed.  Thorns crowned the head.  The nails were driven.  The heart stopped and side pierced.  He was dead and buried, but the story doesn’t end there.  Almighty God flexed His conquering muscles, and death was defeated once and for all.

“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives (Hebrews 2:14-15).”  Liberated from yet another phobia, we can live expectantly if we believe.  We make our choice, and it affects all we do and where we go for our eternal home.  Choose wisely.