“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Adam and Eve received the first proclamation of death, and it has been occurring ever since.  It is inevitable and everyone will meet it.  If that sounds morbid, don’t go away; that is only the first edition of the story!

From the beginning of creation, God has raised up special and unique individuals to accomplish His will on earth.  That doesn’t mean He cares more for one person than another; it simply means He chooses people who will listen to Him exclusively and carry out the mission assigned to them.  Neither does it mean that He looks down and sees a perfect person who will never make a mistake while on their mission.  However, He sees someone who will get up when they stumble; repent and right the wrong; be compassionate with others who will fail as they did and go on with His Kingdom’s business.

Abraham, “friend of God,” was called out by God from a pagan environment with marching orders to go to a place he knew not where.  Isn’t it just like God to make sure we knew of Abraham’s failures as well as his successes by making it a public record!  How else could we identify with him and say, ‘If he could do it, so can I.”  Though Abraham is known as the father of Israel, he died.

David, “a man after God’s own heart,” was a man of many talents—musician, poet, singer, warrior, shepherd, leader, father, etc.  As a youth, he was chosen by God to be king of Israel.  His father-in-law tried to kill him often, and during those times he wrote some of his greatest songs/poems of petitions, prayers and praises to God.  He succeeded King Saul as king and defeated all of Israel’s enemies bringing peaceful times for his successor, his son Solomon.  His mighty acts are recorded for us to learn of them, but there came a time when—he died.

Consider others we know of:  Noah followed God’s directions and saved the human race through his family by building an ark to preserve them and the animals when the flood came, but one day he died.

Gideon was a “cowardly lion.”  Cowardly in his own eyes, a lion in God’s eyes whom He called “a mighty man of valor.”  An angel found him where he was hiding from the Midianites, who were determined to destroy Israel, and gave him his battle orders.  After God weeded out all the uncommitted from Gideon’s army leaving only 300 men, with a cry of “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon,” they defeated an army that looked like an infestation of “grasshoppers” in number.  The “mighty man of valor” was successful in the task he was given, but he died.

The list is endless of men and women God called and commissioned to do a great work for God on earth; they all died.

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost and a young virgin girl gave birth to the Savior of mankind.  God said He was well pleased with His Son as He went about fulfilling His earthly ministry.  For about three years, Jesus “went about doing good” healing the sick, casting out devils, teaching the truth that would bring salvation to all who accepted Him and His message.  There came a time when His faithful followers deserted Him, the local religious leaders trumped up charges against Him and brought Him before the Roman government to have Him condemned of crimes worthy of death.  This sinless Man, who loved the world enough to give His life for the worst of its inhabitants, was murdered by the very ones He was dying for.  He gave Himself!  Yes, He died!

So, what is the point of living and “doing good” if we have already been “appointed to die”?  Good Question!  It is in dying that we live.  Jesus died on an old rugged cross and bore all our sins, redeeming us from eternal death, saving us to eternal life.  It was the death of the only one in heaven and earth who was worthy to be the substitute acceptable to God to abolish death in us and give us life instead.

“The wages [earned] of sin is death; but the gift [unearned] of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Job asked the question, “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come” (Job 14:14).

The life we now live is temporal, subject to end.  The life we have in Jesus Christ is eternal, unending because HE LIVES!

Yes, He died; He shed His blood; His heart stopped beating; His bodily functions ceased; He was buried.  Oh, but that wasn’t the end!  On the third day, the tomb had to give Him up!  He arose with His glorified body, thus preparing the way for our resurrection to a body like His that will never die again!  The blood keeps our body alive now; lose it and we die.  The new body will be made alive and kept by the Spirit of God, not blood, to live forever with our precious Redeemer who made it possible.

We will be able to visit with Abraham, David, Noah, Gideon, and all those who have gone on before us, then in our glorified bodies.  Can you imagine what a reunion will take place as we see loved ones who have left us and saints of all ages!  Best of all, we will be with the One who died for us and made it all possible by His death--and His life.

WOW!  Don’t miss it!  We must make preparations now.  It will be too late after we leave this earth by death.

The extra blessing is in the life we live now.  Jesus has issued an invitation to everyone to have a relationship with Him NOW.  We don’t have to wait until we die to get to know Him.  This resurrected Lord stands with arms open wide to receive all who will come to Him.

Now, consider all the gods that earth’s denizens have erected and created a “religion” for?  Some lived, some were created by mankind himself and were always dead; but where are they now?  They were dead to begin with or they all died!  Only our Lord is alive and not subject to death!  Only our Lord can guarantee eternal life for those who believe in Him.  Those who do not will have to face Him and account for their unbelief with undying death.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

“That if thou shalt confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9)

Are you a Believer?  If so, I’ll see you in the rapture when we have been caught up in the air to meet our Lord and received our new life that will last forever, no more dying--

--Because "He's Alive"!


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I don't recall where I found the following, but it appears to be authentic; so I am sharing it here.

The Scientific Death of Jesus

(excerpts paraphrased by me)

Only the worst criminals were crucified.  Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and His feet.

Each nail was 6 - 8 inches long.  Nails were driven into his wrist, not his palms.  The tendons would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself to breathe.

Both of His feet were nailed together through His arches, forcing Him to support Himself on the single nail.

Jesus had to endure this pain for over three hours!

A few minutes before He died, He stopped bleeding, pouring water from His wounds. His body would only have held 3.5 liters of blood.

A Roman guard pierced His side with a spear; and remember, before the nails and the spear, He was beaten so severely that it tore flesh from His body.  His face was torn and His beard ripped from His face.

A crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.

In addition to all the physical pain, He was humiliated and mocked.  He fell under the load of His own cross after the terrible beating.  They spat in His face and called Him names.

Then He "gave up the ghost."  The supreme sacrifice was made; the sin price was paid

-- For You -- and For Me!

Just because He loved us!

@There's Good News April 2012

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