How to live? – that is the question. I have to ask you – have you ever seen death? Our society is quarantined off from death for the most part. Death is something that happens in the hospital or maybe in a hospice setting. That’s ok, but take infant mortality. In the US it is 5.7 deaths for every 1000 live birth. Go back 500 years. It was 30%. That’s almost one out of every three children! Of Martin Luther’s six children, one died with in a few months of birth, and his 13-yr-old daughter died in his arms. I can’t imagine the anguish. Part of the problem with COVID is that we aren’t used to seeing death.
How many of you have seen a resurrection? I have not. Those are really rare… for now. For all the jokes about death and taxes since Easter, I have to ask you: Which is more certain? That you will die or that you will live forever? Because I live, you also will live.
Hear the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 – Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
I don’t know if you will die. There is a chance Christ will come back and you will never taste death, not from a heart attack or COVID or cancer, but I can guarantee that because of the empty tomb you are forgiven and you will live forever.
Want to hear more – including how the Spirit shifts our attitude to line up with his? Watch this Sunday’s message taken from John 14: What do you do when you’ve forgotten how to live.
Series: Plans Fall Through
Speaker(s): Fred Guldberg