From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Hebrews 2:14

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,           NKJV

For the child of God, death has lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Why then should we, as Christians, be afraid of dying? Are you facing death? Then ask for grace from your Heavenly Father, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief in your Savior’s death and resurrection, you may be strengthened for that apprehensive moment in which you pass into the next life. Looking unto Jesus and His redemptive work on your behalf, you can face death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is a sweet blessing to die in Christ. Death is no longer banishment into an eternity of darkness and torment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the paradise where your beloved brethren in Christ already dwell. We are not far from home; a moment will bring us there. Life may bring many storms, but they will not last forever, and when we depart the storms of this life as true believers, we will be present with the Lord. No matter how great the storm may be, as we pass over the veil, Jesus will say, “Peace! Be still!” and the storm will immediately and forever come to an end. Do not think that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the Christian’s eyes close on earth, they open in heaven.

O child of God, what is there for you to fear in death, seeing that through the death of your Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? and now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot is the dark grave, but its top reaches to everlasting glory.           Charles H. Spurgeon

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