Welcome back to the Every Wise Woman Builds podcast! It's been a nice break, but now I'm excited to get back to you and share with you some of my friends. In this season, we'll be talking about everything from parenting without regrets to overcoming forgetfulness as we hit menopause. Today though, I'm sharing with you the very best friend I've ever had.
In this episode, I share with you the reason I no longer fear death. According to Scripture I share in this episode, we can know for sure we're going to heaven. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God," says the Scripture in 1 John 5:13, "that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Have you ever wondered what will happen when you breathe your last? Have you ever wondered why a loving God would turn away someone who chooses to reject Jesus Christ? Have you ever wondered if it's possible to live without fear of death?
In the Beginning
When God made the world, He set it up with certain laws. Breaking these laws results in death as surely as the sun rises in the east and what goes up must come down.
Sadly, every human alive has broken at least one of these laws (but usually I find myself breaking more than one every hour). Laws like "forgive," "thou shalt not covet," "love God with all your heart" and others have been hard for people to keep from the beginning.
God looked down from heaven on all the children of men to see if there were any that did seek God. Not one. Not one person really wanted to seek a God who's so very holy. It's so much more comfortable to do good deeds and compare myself to other humans!
So God Himself left heaven, became a baby in the womb of a virgin (as had been prophesied centuries earlier), and was born into a destitute family in one of the darkest ages in human history. He felt the pain of being human. He was tempted in all points like we are. Yet without sin. Never once did he give in to the sinful pleasures we all grab.
And because of that, He, Jesus Christ, was qualified to live forever, unlike us. Since the wages of sin is death, Jesus had no wages waiting on him. He could condemn every one of us, now with perfect right, because He did know how it felt to be one of us.
Yet rather than judging us, He took our sin upon Himself. He became sin for us, who knew no sin. Why? Because as the God-man, He could then legally transfer His righteousness to us. He took our blame and punishment so we could take His perfection and be welcomed into heaven.
Seriously! Read the Bible! It's full of stories of Jesus. Even the old stories in the beginning of the Bible foretell that Jesus would come.
So Jesus did come, and He took the punishment for every human ever. He was buried, and three days later He rose from the dead, crushing the enemy's hopes that God was dead.
And what did He tell his followers when He rose from the dead? "Tell all nations. Baptize them. Teach them to tell people." And that's what been happening for the past two thousand years. That's why I'm telling you.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
God bless, and Happy New Year!