Friday, May 06, 2016

The 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare (2)

The 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare (2) - Famous Quotes

As the most quoted English writer Shakespeare has more than his share of famous quotes. It’s tricky to say definitively which are his most popular quotes. I'd like to look at some of them to draw some lessons for life.

To be or not to be: that is the question (Hamlet)

You may ponder what exactly Shakespeare intended us to learn from this statement but I would like you to consider a deeper issue! You 'will be' for ever! That is the Bible teaches that you have a soul that will never cease to exist! 

In Exodus 3:14 God describes himself to Moses in a very strange way. When asked 'who shall I say sent me?' God says to Moses just tell them ''I am has sent me to you". God is the ever present, eternal God who has always existed. He made humanity in his image, Genesis 1:26,27. One of the dimensions of his image is that he is eternal. We have also been created with an eternal soul. This idea of our eternal existence is addressed in Genesis 3:22 in the context of man sinning and living for ever in a state of sin. Thankfully the Lord Jesus came, died for our sins and rose from the dead so that  we can be right with God. In John 6:51 Jesus taught that he came down from heaven and he described himself as the living bread. He said that if a person eats of the living bread he will live for ever. Jesus was not teaching that a person eats of his body but that when they trust him they share in his life eternally. 

A man can die but once. (Henry IV, Part 2)

This is a statement that is often repeated in the Bible. For instance in Hebrews 9:27,28 the Bible states 'And just as it is appointed for man to die once , and after that comes judgement, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him'. Indeed you will die once but as we discovered in the previous quotation that is not the end. We need to be prepared to meet God.

These are two quotes that could direct your thinking to the important issues of life, death and eternity. May God bless you through his word today.

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