“That Would Be A Problem”

That Would Be A Problem

Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Today I had the most interesting conversation with an older man. While waiting on the bus we greeted each other. When I asked how he was doing he smiled and said, “I woke up this morning, that’s a good thing.” As we walked on the bus and sat down I asked him, “So is it a bad thing when we go to sleep and never wake up again?” He said with a terrifying look on his face, “That would be a problem.” I said, “No it won’t if you know him,” pointing to the sky. “In fact that will be the best day of your life. You won’t have to deal with this evil world anymore. One of the best tricks Satan has played on people is telling them, ‘You’re blessed because you woke up this morning.’ It’s a lie. Seven and a half billion that’s BILLION people besides you woke up this morning too. Are they all blessed just because they woke up? According to God’s word most of them are cursed because they have rejected Him. Think about how tricky that is: I’m blessed only because I woke up. I don’t have to do anything, I don’t have to change my life, just keep waking up and I’m blessed only for that. That is a lie from the Devil! You and me are gonna be checking out of here soon,” I told him, “The best thing we can do is tell God we’re sorry for our sins, and make some changes in our lives. Get what we need to get (Jesus) before we leave here then dying won’t be a problem for us.” The man listened, so did others who were on the bus, reluctantly though.

We soon came to my stop. As I was getting off the bus I told him, “It’s free, all you have to do is ask.” I hope he accepts the invitation:

Revelation 22:17 NIV “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the FREE GIFT of the water OF LIFE.”

DON’T BE RULED BY THE FEAR OF DEATH

Hebrews 2:14-15 says that Jesus came into this world as a human being, and through his death He destroyed the one who had the power of death, which is the Devil. And He (Jesus) set free those who all their lives were held in bondage by the fear of death. We know that the man I spoke with is still in bondage because of his great fear of death. Hopefully that will change. There are BILLIONS just like him who are in bondage. They are horrified at the thought of dying. Satan bullies them all their lives through this fear. It is a powerful weapon in his hands. May we accept Jesus by obeying His teachings so that we can live a life that’s ANXIETY FREE. “You will know the truth,” Jesus says, “And the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) Free from all fear. (1 John 4:18) Free from the Devil’s tyranny. Then even death won’t be a problem for us like it is for so many:

John 3:16 KJV “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.”

Isaiah 57:1-2 NIV “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. [2] Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

John 11:25-26 NIV “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; [26] and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 ISV “LET ME TELL YOU A SECRET. NOT ALL OF US WILL DIE, but all of us will be changed— 52 in a moment, faster than an eye can blink, at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will be raised never to decay, and we will be changed. 53 For what is decaying must be clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying must be clothed with what cannot die. 54 Now, when what is decaying is clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying is clothed with what cannot die, then the written word will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up by victory!” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

For the many who reject Jesus Christ yes death will be a problem. But for believers who fall asleep it is the answer or solution to all of our problems.

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