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by Rachel Northey
4/20/2015 / Death
Yesterday my Mum and I arrived at Church. We came into a room where the atmosphere was sombre yet one of God's peace and grace. We were told that one of the young men at our Church had passed away on Friday night. I didn't personally know him, had only met him once. Still though, how can one not hurt and feel the pain of ones family. My Church is now my family.
We use the term "passed away". Does that mean one just leaves the earth and disappears for all eternity, never to be seen again? Surely not, no. The Word of God instructs us differently. It tells of a wonderful mystery. A hope we have in our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For those that call on the name of the LORD shall be saved. SOZO is the Greek word translated "saved, healed, delivered."
What are we saved from you might well ask?
We are saved from sin and guilt and condemnation. The Father God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to rescue us from the consequence of our sin, to reconcile us back to our Heavenly Father. Every single one of us has sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD. Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the Law. No one, is perfect, no not one. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin on that cross. He was beaten beyond human recognition, flesh torn off his beaten back, thorns pushed into his head, his beard was pulled out, his face was spit upon.
The Bible tells us through the cross JESUS laid his life down for us, demonstrated the greatest act of love, reconciled us to God, justified us, died for our sins, literally became sin on our behalf so that we can be made righteous and by HIS wounds we were healed. He finished what we could not do ourselves. He reconciled Jew and Gentile, meaning there is no one better than another. Jesus humbled himself. He reconciled all things to HIMSELF, making peace on our behalf. He nailed our sin debt to the cross. He rendered the devil POWERLESS! He gave us a new covenant so that we may receive the promise of eternal inheritance. He redeemed us with HIS blood. He fulfilled prophecy. Every bone was out of joint, his heart like wax, blood poured out like water, strength dried up, his tongue cleaved to his jaw. His hands and feet pierced. They divided his garments among him and cast lots for his clothes. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, the chastening for our well being was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.
ALL FOR YOU! YES YOU!!!!!
John 3:16The Message (MSG)
16-18 "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57The Message (MSG)
51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to diebut we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyesit's over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we'll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:
Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?
It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all threesin, guilt, deathare gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!
So as we say goodbye to a friend, a brother, be assured He is with His Heavenly Father and shall be raised again.
I was astounded at the bravery of each one - on stage and off. The way they got up on stage and also the ones behind the scenes just moments after the sad news bought together all of their strengths in Christ to glorify the KING JESUS. They displayed courage, strength, faith and hope and overall LOVE for one another and for THE KING OF KINGS. I am privileged to be a part of Christ's Church. Simple as that.
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