Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 22nd, 2017
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
I Corinthians 15:26 (NIV)
The Last Enemy
It is a great hope. It is a wonderful future. Our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, has made eternal life possible. People still die now. But, for every follower of Jesus, death only brings us into eternal life in His Presence. And, someday, even the presence of death will be no more! Death is defeated now. Death will someday be totally destroyed.
War fever during World War I created widespread hostility to German Canadians and their culture. Public schools removed German language instruction from their curricula. Some orchestras refused to play German music. Winnipeg residents changed hamburgers to “nips” in order to sever the association with an enemy language. The sinking of the civilian liner Lusitania in 1915 with hundreds of civilian deaths seemed to confirm the popular view that Canada fought in a singularly noble cause against a nation of barbarians. Ugly riots in Victoria, Winnipeg, and Montreal targeted German-owned businesses and shops. Anti-German propaganda, stories of German atrocities abroad, and fear of saboteurs drove many Canadians to demand protection from their government. Some 8,579 “enemy aliens” were interned behind barbed wire to remove the supposed threat while tens of thousands more were forced to register with authorities.
Human beings have lots of enemies. I’m not speaking in the physical sense, but in the spiritual. Satan is the great enemy of every man, woman and children. He hates us because we are the apex of God’s creation, and his great focus of his hatred is God Himself. And all that Satan produces is our enemy – sickness, broken relationships, perversion, shame, guilt, abuse, crime, injury, grief and so many other things that ruin our lives and our relationships. When Jesus stepped into our world, and took our place on the cross, He defeated all of these enemies. When He cried “it is finished” all that was necessary for these enemies to be defeated was accomplished. But there remained one enemy. It is Satan’s greatest victory and it stands as the elephant in every room at every stage of life. Paul the apostle writes this in 1 Corinthians 15:26: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” When Jesus died, Satan must have thought he had won his greatest victory. Jesus, the Son of God and God the Son had died. God had apparently been defeated. And for three days it certainly looked like this was true. Then came Resurrection Day. On a Sunday morning, followers of Jesus, women and men, discovered that the tomb where the body of Jesus had been laid was empty. Jesus was alive. The last enemy had been destroyed and Satan was on borrowed time.
These have been words from the heart.