Beating Death To Death

Read: Luke 20

“And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:36, NLT)

So far, the death rate is hovering around 100%, but there is a day coming when death will be beaten to death.  Jesus said it, and proved he had the authority to promise it by rising from death’s grip.  Death is the last of God’s enemies—and ours—to be done away with, but that day will come when the children of the resurrection are no longer required to feel its sting:

And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15, NLT)

Did you catch that?  “Death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire” from which there is no escape.  At long last, that which sin conceived in the Garden of Eden is forever buried at the Great White Throne judgment, and the children of God are finally and fully free to enjoy life unending—a return to the original plan of God before the fall of man.  There will never again be a mournful tear shed or a restless night of worry over sickness unto death or a bedside vigil or a funeral service:

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:3-4, NLT)

Wishful thinking?  Pie-in-the-sky preaching?  The opiate of hope?  Not a chance.  This is bedrock theology, promised by the Resurrection and the Life himself:

“Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.” (Revelation 20:5-7)

That day is coming, friend, perhaps sooner rather than later, when death will be beaten to death.  And since you’re a child of God—and of the resurrection—you have a lot to be happy about today!

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~William Penn

What If God Took Over?

Memorize and meditate on John 11:25-26,

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

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