Topic: Genesis 3:1 - 24
Death is a reality we all must face, and yet we do our best to ignore it. We naturally prefer to focus on living today, not dying. But God wants us to understand some important spiritual truths about death.
Scripture says, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). "One man" refers to Adam who, along with Eve, broke the only command God had given them: "But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17 NIV). They were driven away because of their disobedience. Consequently, their intimacy with God was broken, and they faced physical death in their future. Because of sin, our mortal bodies will die also (Romans 6:23) - there is no escape unless Jesus returns while we're still alive.
Spiritual death, which is the separation of a person from God, resulted from the first sin. As Adam's descendants, we are born into that state - "dead in [our] trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1), and we remain spiritually dead unless we unite with God through faith in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:22) By receiving the Savior, we are reconciled to our heavenly Father, and we are guaranteed eternal life with Him. (John 3:15)
Followers of Christ need not fear death. While our bodies will die, we are promised everlasting life in heaven. The cross has transformed death: once an ending of life, it is now a doorway opening into Jesus' presence.
Praise the Lord!
For our loved ones who have already passed on if they accepted Christ before they died then they are now with our Father in Heaven and we can rest assured that we will see them soon! If you have not yet made that commitment, then today is your day.
Let today be the day that you can be confident that when you die, you will also be in the presence of the Lord and be able to see your loved ones again.
Just say this prayer to God and mean what you say:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name. Amen.