May 20 – The Fear Of Death

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25)

Read: 1Samuel 26:1-28:25, John 11:1-54, Psalm 117:1-2, Proverbs 15:22-23

Respond: There was a movie on netflix a while back that I had never seen before and, honestly, never should have bothered. But I was lazy and bored and it was there and… you know how it goes. The 6th Man caught had my eye so I sat down and watched Arnold Schwarzenegger try to survive a bunch of evil henchmen who were trying to clean up a cloning mistake. The movie is a sci-fi action adventure supposedly about cloning. Really, it is a movie all about death. At one point one of the villains was killed when he was run over by a car, then a few hours later dies again when he has his neck snapped. Shortly after this, he is complaining about a sore neck: “I’ve been killed twice in the last two hours.” His partner isn’t impressed, “We’ve all been killed before.” The third henchman quips, “Kinda takes the fun out of living, doesn’t it?”

Near the end of the movie the mastermind billionaire behind all this illegal cloning is giving a rationale for all his actions, “Just think, we don’t have to lose our Mozarts. We don’t have to lose our Martin Luther Kings. We have finally conquered death.” At that point I’m sure the audience is supposed to be thinking, “kill this guy and make him stay dead this time.” Instead my mind instead was saying, “Conquer death? That’s already been done.” 

React: In this barely above B movie that I was watching, because these evil henchmen chasing Arnold knew they could be brought right back to life any time they died. Because of this, the bad guy’s hitmen were very bold and reckless. They didn’t fear death. When one guy gets his leg shot off at the knee he yells, “That was a brand new pair of boots!” These guys firmly believed that no matter what happened, their boss would take care of them. Honestly, I think I need to be a bit more like them.

My boss has said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Then he proved it by raising Lazarus from the dead. As if that wasn’t enough, a few days later he raised himself from the dead. It wasn’t just bravado when Jesus said He was greater than death. He spoke the truth. No matter what happens in this life, my boss will take care of me. Do I truly believe it? If so, then why am I not living with more of a reckless confidence for him?

Respond: 

Dear God,
I know Your promises are true. I know Your word is sure. But sometimes I get so caught up in the mundane circumstances of life that I lose track of the bigger picture. You have defeated death. As Your follower I will live forever. Help me not to get so bogged down the trivialities of this mortal coil that I am not about my greatest task. Help me to passionately and fearlessly bring You to those who have not yet come alive.
Amen

 

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6 thoughts on “May 20 – The Fear Of Death

  1. What a blessing! Thank you! God needs to help us to truly understand that statement “I am the Resurrection and the Life”. By that very act, we have been liberated to live full and fulfilling lifes in Him and through Him.

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