Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Death and life...

Death has many faces, but one day, death, like many other things, will itself die and be destroyed. Until then, we all face it.  But never forget that death, like all the other present evils will be swallowed up by indestructible life, and be no more.  
In most places, death is viewed as "the end," as the enemy of life and blessing:
For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?
What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? It is not the dead who praise the LORD, those who go down to the place of silence; For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.
But elsewhere, we are told that death itself will be destroyed--appropriately enough, in the "second death."
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.... And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among mankind, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away." [and God said], Behold, I make all things new.

In that day, 
death will be swallowed up by life! Everlasting life!
which is the "forever promise" of God to you.

God's plan is that there will be no graves.  No tombstones. No cemeteries.  No urns of ashes.  No mass graves from the murders of the innocents. His plan is life. Life forever. Life unadulterated by evil and suffering. Life that is full of joy and blessings and pleasures.  Life that brings a smile to the face, enlightens the eyes, and fills the heart. Life that is like a child skipping and running and playing, like a bride and bridegroom in the first bloom of their love, like a mother holding her dear child. Life. Life indeed. Life abundant. Life eternal. Life that never ends. Irresistible life.  Life!
He will destroy death.  It is His power, His prerogative, His plan.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

It has always been God's plan for you to inherit everlasting life, and with that, all things. He never meant for you to be crushed and destroyed, to die without hope and help.  He meant, and means, for you to find Him, and through Him, everlasting life--life that is abundant now, and infinite later, when you walk with Him in eternity.  Why would you reject Him, when all He wants to do is fill your life with grace and joy now--when His whole being is directed at bringing you into eternity as yourself, a whole person, full of everlasting life that is as infinite as He is?