Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

A subject we have to talk about

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

7th March 2010

We are living in a generation in which people try to forget about death. We try to cope with the reality of death by pretending it does not exist, or that it’s such a long way off we don’t need to give it any serious consideration. Yet everybody is dying. From the moment we are born we start to die. Death is the most democratic experience in life, for we all participate in it. If we could just understand death and get a proper perspective on it, it will help us to live. So, let’s have a look at death through the eyes of the Bible, and learn what God’s Word has to say about it.

Death is an Enemy

Death itself is an enemy. It snatches away people in the prime of life, when they are still needed by their family, their work, their nation. It leaves behind the sorrowing widow or widower and children. But there was no death in the Garden of Eden; mankind was perfect in a perfect environment. Yet men and women had a will of their own, and they rebelled against God. That rebellion is called sin. The Bible teaches that because of sin death came, and death reigns today over the whole human race. It is a judgment upon mankind because of our sin. We sinners are all under the sentence of death.

Death will be Destroyed

This enemy will ultimately be destroyed forever. The day is coming when Jesus Christ will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Everything that resists the will of God will be destroyed, and the last enemy to be destroyed is death (1 Corinthians 15:26). Those who are in Jesus Christ will participate in the resurrection and will be given new bodies. These bodies will be glorious, powerful, spiritual, immortal, imperishable, sin-proof, age-proof and death-proof.

Death Has Already Been Defeated

It was defeated at the cross and at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The final destruction of death lies in the future and the fight with death continues in the present, but death was defeated in the past, at the cross and the Resurrection. The sting of death has been withdrawn (v.55).

Death is the Reason for the Cross

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22), and that is why Jesus died on the cross. John wrote, ‘…the blood of Jesus, [God’s] Son, purifies us from all sin’. (1 John 1:7). Apart from that blood there is no cleansing; apart from that death there is no conquest of death. Jesus had to die so that we could live; and He removed the sting of death by taking away the fear of judgment. As the Scripture teaches, ‘…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1).

Death Brings Freedom

For the believer death brings permanent freedom from evil. As Christians we have a longing to be totally pure. We long to live in a society that is holy, in which there is no lying, cheating, hatred or crime. As long as we live on this earth, that will not be attained, for you cannot build a perfect society on the cracked foundation of human nature. But when I die in Christ I will go into His presence, into a new world that is free from the pull of sin and pain and care and anxiety. Paul uses the word depart (Philippians 1:23) carrying with it the idea of sailing away on a ship, or the freeing of a slave, or of going home. That is part of what death brings to the Christian.

Death Conforms Us to Jesus

It also means that the believer will be like Jesus. Death brings a final perfection to that sanctification of the believer that is begun on earth. Paul calls it ‘…the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’ (2 Timothy 4:8). The thought is breathtaking. We will be crowned with righteousness. We have only tasted it here, but on that Day we will be crowned with righteousness.

Death Can be Faced

How can we do that? Well here’s a suggestion: Repent of your sins and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You can do it now. It’s more than being a member of the church, more than being baptized, more than just living a good life, important as those things are. It is an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ in which you have become willing to take up your cross and follow Him; you have become willing to deny self and make Him your Lord and Master and Saviour.

As death is going to happen to all of us (unless Jesus returns beforehand), it is a subject we have to talk about. I am asking you to make sure that Jesus Christ is in your heart and that you are ready to face this last great enemy of mankind - death. Are you ready to go through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing no evil? Will His rod and staff comfort you? Do you know that? Is Christ yours? Will He be with you when your last moment comes?

Have a good week pondering eternity,

Pastor Barry

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