I am doing a virtual run from New Mexico back to Ohio where I grew up. This will be a 1489 mile journey and I hope to complete it in 365 days.
- the pain of death and loss forces you to stake out a position on your own inevitable demise.
- Most of the world clings to the blind and often baseless hope that its dearly departed are “in a better place.”
- People simply believe it because the alternative is too unthinkable to bear.
- Pretending lost loved ones lived better lives than they did might help us sleep better, but it dishonors the Lord and devalues His righteous standard.
- Hell is heavily populated with people who did not expect to be there. Whether through rebellion or self-deception, they will spend eternity separated from God in torment that should make us shudder.
- Christ made that very point in Luke’s gospel.
- The biblical reality is that death is not a pleasant transition
- The apostle John makes it abundantly clear that death represents the most horrifying transition imaginable for most people.
- The onus is on us as Christians to comfort the affl icted and afflict the comfortable. Those who presume upon eternal life without having repented of their sins and trusted in Christ must be warned of their impending doom. Conversely, those who despair at the hopeless thought of God’s sure judgment can be comforted in the knowledge of Christ’s substitutionary work as our righteous Savior and Redeemer.
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