Engage Community Church

Month: April 2019

Live a Death Defying Life

More and more people are living longer and longer. Due to technological, environmental, and medical advancements and treatments, the global life expectancy has risen by 5 and ½ years since 2000.
In a recent Pew survey, almost 70% of American adults said they wanted live to be 100 years old.

The desire to cheat death or at least hold it at bay has been a human pursuit for probably just about as long as there have been humans. It was the search for the fountain of youth that motivated explorers to sail west and Crusaders and others to search for the holy grail.

What is it about death that makes people shudder in fear? For some, it is the fear of the unknown. What will it be like? Will it hurt? For others, it is the fear of being alone, or of suffering, or of what they will miss out on. Still others can’t imagine a world without them in it!

When we look to Scripture, death is seen as the result of sin. When sin entered the world, so too did death and suffering and separation from our Creator. This is the ultimate reality of death, that we would be separated from and punished for our rebellion against God. Scripture tells us that hell is a very real place and that it is a place of eternal torment and destruction. It is a just wage for treason against the Lord.

But God did not create humanity for this. He made us in his own image and called us good. It was the enemy that crept in and put us on the road to perdition. The enemy has sought to steal, kill and destroy us from the beginning. He knows that God loves people and he wants to hurt God by convincing us that we are the masters of our own lives and futures. And we follow his advice willingly. But still, we fear death. It’s as if we know the enemy is lying to us all along. What are we to do?

For those who are in Christ, death is no longer something to be feared. Because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, satisfying the wrath of God, we have hope. Because Jesus was raised to life, we too know that death is not the end. We are promised eternal life, reunited with our Creator and Father. Once again, we can know him and see him face to face as we were designed.

Because of the empty tomb, we no longer need to fear death. As
Paul wrote, “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor.15:54-57)

May we live death defying lives that boldly proclaim the victory we have in Christ that robs the grave and brings eternal joy and peace.

Pastor Evan