Words from the Heart for Thursday March 23rd, 2017
We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.
Romans 6:9 (NLT)
Death Has No Power
There are things that we can be positively sure of! One such positive sure thing comes because of an empty grave. He came to give His life on the cross. He rose from the grave. He will never die again! The Bible tells us that now He holds the keys to death and the grave! Death no longer has any power over Him. His victory is your victory if He is your Saviour.
Last December, CTV announced that at least 744 gravely ill adults received a doctor’s help to end their lives since the medical procedure became legal across Canada in earlier in the year. CTV News surveyed provincial and territorial health ministries to gather the most comprehensive picture of the practice to date. The numbers show that, on average, four Canadians per day had medically assisted deaths between June 17 and December 16. Medical assistance in dying became legal across Canada in June of last year after the Liberal government passed Bill C-14, which allowed Canadians with terminal illnesses where natural death was “reasonably foreseeable” to choose to die with a doctor’s help. In some regions, the number of adults opting for the end-of-life procedure is accelerating as patients with terminal illnesses grow to accept the idea.
Death is a powerful force. It impacts our lives every day. We can’t avoid the fact that until Jesus returns, every single human being is going to die. Ask anyone who has lost a loved one recently how much power death has over them and they will tell you how paralyzing it is. I have friends whose little toddler had drowned in a swimming pool, and just the other night he asked his Facebook friends to pray for his wife because she was overwhelmed with grief and having a hard time coping. We hate death. And if we do, imagine how much our loving God hates death. He sees every last breath and sees the tears on the faces of loved ones. He also hears the deep moaning and groaning from the human heart. There is good news. Romans 6:9 says “We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.” Paul is reminding us there Jesus has defeated death and never again will death hold any power over Him. And this truth affects us. In the previous verse, Paul says that because Jesus lives, so will we. Do you have that assurance? You can, as you put your faith in Him today.
These have been words from the heart.