Memorize:“ Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live John 11:25
Devotional Reading: Hebrews 2: 6-18
One of the most painful things that exist upon this planet earth is death, it deprived loved ones from continuing their fellowship, it makes widows of wives, children are cut away from their loving parents, “I remember the pain of losing my loving and praying mother”, a caring and praying spiritual father is suddenly taken away.
Just few days ago, I lost an uncle who has been a great blessing to me and many people around him. A loving & caring man with a large heart for the poor, widows & people with little or no help. Many today have become increasingly fearful of death, I wish to tell you this morning; that it is possible to receive power to overcome death.
The World Health Organization says that, in 2012, an estimated 56 million people died around the world from all causes.
Doing the maths, that means approximately 153,425 died every day, or 106 people every minute. That’s more than one person per second dying.
182 million people was affected by COVID-19 all around the world and 3.9 million people have died. Amid confusion we have hope.
We know death is a reality; we know death is on the horizon. It is an unalterable fact of our existence, but it is equally possible to live and not die. A pastor friend who caught COVID-19 was written off by doctors, he spent 68 days in an incubator and 4 months in intensive care, some people had lost hope on him, his daughter had written a tribute for his burial, but the power of resurrection and life worked for him. The church & loved ones prayed for him and Jesus resurrected him, he is alive today and fully recovered by the power of resurrection & life.
Usually, people are afraid of the unknown; knowledge is supposed to dispel fear. But when it comes to death, many people are afraid of the known.
Even though death is known, many people still fear it because they don’t know what happens “on the other side.”
Fortunately, we have the words of One who has been to death and back, One who conquered and overcame death.
Jesus and all his apostles triumph over death, their words are: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55. Death is not the end of saints of God, every blood washed born again believer has the hope & promise of resurrection & life both in this world and eternity.
He promised that all who believe in Him will live and fulfil their days, and those who die physically, will resurrect one day, and live eternally with him. Jesus gives them power to live and not die.
This gives me confidence that as believers, if we can be faithful, steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, we too will triumph and overcome death, our labour of love is not in vain. May the LORD, bless & keep you, may the LORD make his face to shine upon you, may the LORD be gracious unto you & give you peace in Jesus name.
I pray for you today that your fear of death is replaced by faith in Christ Jesus’ and his power of resurrection and life. There is no death for the saint, he/she may sleep, but will live again and cannot die because eternity with God is the glory that awaits every saint of God, if you have not already done so, please give your life to Jesus today, be washed in his precious blood and receive power to live and not die. May the LORD grant you the grace in Jesus name
Prayer point: O Lord, please give me the grace to experience and enjoy your power of resurrection and life in Jesus name.
Key Dose: Death has an end, while the saints of God have no end, they will live forever in eternity with God.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle