THEME: LIFE AND DEATH
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
-Jesus affirms His position as the eschatological Judge, for He has authority to execute judgement. Jesus discloses that those who have done good will have the resurrection of life but those who have done evil have the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:27-28). It is therefore our portion to remain in the Lord and in His Word. Our firm assurance as Christians is that when we believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and in His Word its is not and will never be in vain, for He has given us the gift of eternal life. We are therefore called to praise Him always for this wonderful promise as we put our trust in Him.
It is a reality that those who live will die, before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. A vital question to ask yourself is that, what happens after your death? Will you live on or die on. Some religions and scientists has reflected different views of life after death, with great diversity and complexity. Most of those views are distorted and misleading, finding way into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 tells us that, “anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” The main question then becomes, is your name written in the book of life? Ephesians 1:13–14 reveals that, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” If we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him in our lives, we have the assurance from the Holy Spirit that we have eternal life. If we have believed in Jesus Christ and have been redeemed by His blood, we are reminded to obey His word as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12–13). The Lord is Holy and He calls us to live holy lives. 1 Timothy 6:6 reminds us that, godliness with contentment is great gain. We are called to denounce the fleshly lusts and walk in the way of truth leading to life. Proverbs 16:25 cautions us that, there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that, death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Through our words and actions, we are reminded to display godliness, for we are created in the image and likeness of God. Since we have obtained life through Christ who died and resurrected for the sake of our salvation, let us then have hope in Him for whether we are awake or asleep, we might live with Him (1 Thessalonians 5:9–10).
Oh Heavenly Father, we come before your throne of grace and mercy with boldness that we may obtain Your grace to help us in times of need. What a pleasure it is to be in Your presence Oh Lord our God. In Your presence there is fullness of joy. In Your presence there is fullness of peace. In Your presence we fullness wholeness. Thank You for Your death that has caused us life in abundance. Thank You for Your resurrection that has caused us life everlasting. We love You Lord and praise Your holy name. Thank You for Your saving grace upon us and our entire generations. May You show us Your ways and purify us with Your precious blood. May You grant the gift of salvation unto all our children, relatives and the entire world. Thanking dear Jesus for Your saving grace upon our lives, families, nation and entire world. May Your prosper all our plans and answer our hearts desires. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You shine Your face upon us and be gracious to us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us Peace. Amen
Further reading: Titus 2:11–14, John 3:16
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