Words from the Heart for Saturday March 11th, 2017

He will swallow up death forever. The Lord and King will wipe away the tears from everyone’s face. He will remove the shame of his people from the whole earth. The Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 25:8 (NIRV)

Death Swallowed Up

Our living Lord really does have all power over death. The tears caused by death are common to all people everywhere. So is the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a picture! He “swallowed up” death forever and can comfort us in our tears. There may be someone you know who needs this message. Pray for them today.

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Devotion

According to statistics released last month by the Ontario Provincial Police, 2016 was a bit of a grim year when it came to traffic-related deaths. Police say there was an increase last year in the number of on-road, off-road, marine and pedestrian deaths. There were 276 fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads with a total of 309 people killed. By comparison, there were 262 fatal vehicle collisions in 2015, killing 301 people. Pedestrian fatalities in OPP jurisdiction also increased in 2016, with 38 deaths last year, compared to 25 in 2015. Off-road vehicle deaths spiked significantly, with 23 deaths investigated by the OPP last year, compared to 14 in 2015. 16 people died in snowmobile incidents in 2016, which is up from 13 in 2015. Marine-related fatalities were also up, with 21 people killed compared to 18 deaths the previous year.

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One of the most painful aspects of being human is dealing with the grief that comes when someone we love is taken by death. Our lives will never be the same again and it feels like a part of our heart has been ripped out of us. Death was never a part of God’s plan for this world. He created us with eternity in mind, and His best was for us to enjoy fellowship with Him forever. Even when sin entered into the world, and death became a reality, God’s plan was to redeem us and restore that fellowship that was His original plan. There is perhaps no greater picture of God’s love for us and His plan to defeat death than Jesus’ tears as He stood outside the tomb where the body of His friend Lazarus had been placed following his death. Jesus wept. Then He continued on his way to Jerusalem where He would die in our place. And then rise again. His plan was not just His death for our redemption. His plan went beyond the grave. Isaiah 25:8 puts it beautifully: “He will swallow up death forever. The Lord and King will wipe away the tears from everyone’s face. He will remove the shame of his people from the whole earth. The Lord has spoken.” Jesus’ resurrection ended the power of death. For those of us who love Him, eternal life awaits.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley