Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Why must we die?

The Bible states that 'it is appointed unto men once to die'. This most obvious of facts is among the most distressing things that we human beings face. I have a friend who committed suicide just before Christmas about eleven years ago. Why - I can speculate but I do not really know. One my friends in Liverpool then found that her partner's nephew has been found dead in his flat. Death comes to us all but why?

The Bible tells us why we must die - It is because of sin. 

The Bible states that we die because we were born into a fallen race. The first man, Adam, brought 'sin into the world and death by sin'. 

We also are all in the habit of sinning and the Bible states 'sin, when it is finished brings forth death'. We all sin (fail, hurt, lie, disobey etc) and therefore the moral and physical result is death.

But Jesus said 'I am come that they might have life'. 

How can that true be when we all still die? It is true physically but when a person comes to Jesus (by the prayer of faith) and asks him for forgiveness they receive eternal life. The Bible says 'He that has the Son has life'. God promises in his word (The Bible) that 'he that coms to me I will no wise cast out'. The Lord Jesus said 'come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest'.

This is actually only possible because 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners'. The Bible puts it like this 'The Father (God) sent the Son (Jesus) to be the Saviour of the world'.

Amazing as it is God intervened to solve the human tragedy of death. The only way, legally, was for someone else to die in my place. The only person who qualified was Jesus. His death was voluntary because death had no claim on him (He could not sin and therefore death had no claim on him). The Lord Jesus willingly died to save me from eternal death in hell and the lake of fire.

The key question is - Will you trust the one who can deliver from the 'fear of death'?

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