• Fear death? No hope!

Fear death? No hope!

Who is this Jesus?

READ: Colossians 1:15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  1. Tuesday we investigated the truth that “Jesus is our Icon
  2. Wednesday we investigated the truth that: “Jesus is our Creator
  3. Thursday we investigated the truth: “Jesus is our sustainer
  4. Friday we investigated the truth: “Jesus is our authority
  5. Today we investigated the following truth: “ Jesus is our death defeater..” We should think more about death. Most of us don’t like going to funerals. Why do we avoid the topic of death? Because that’s just the way we want it. Yet Paul says, “He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything” (Colossians 1:18)

One of the great works of western literature and education is called The Heidelberg Catechism .

It starts with this question:
Question: What is your only comfort in life and in death? ”
Answer: That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.”
Those are fabulous words. Those are worth memorizing and carrying around in your heart for moments when you forget.

This belief “I am not my own” is very countercultural. Whose life is it, anyway? Not mine. But I belong, body and soul, life and death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. That’s a place to stand. That’s a foundation for life. And this Jesus did this at the cost of His own death, and that has staggered people so deeply, there’s just no way to express it.

An artist by the name of Hans Holbein did a painting of Christ after the crucifixion. He wanted to show the ugliness of death, the price that Jesus was willing to pay, and so he painted the picture.

Centuries later, another writer by the name of Dostoyevsky stared at this painting for days. It moved Dostoyevsky so deeply that God would somehow die for the forgiveness of our sins, that Dostoyevsky was inspired to write one of his books. It’s called,The Idiot. This is part of what he writes.

His body on the cross was therefore fully and entirely subject to the laws of nature. In the picture the face is terribly smashed with blows, swollen, covered with terrible, swollen, and bloodstained bruises, the eyes open and squinting; the large, open whites of the eyes have a sort of dead and glassy glint. . . .

Looking at that picture, you get the impression of nature as some enormous, implacable, and dumb beast, or, to put it more correctly, much more correctly, though it may seem strange, as some huge engine of the latest design, which has senselessly seized, cut to pieces, and swallowed up–impassively and unfeelingly–a great and priceless Being, a Being worth the whole of nature and all its laws, worth the entire earth, which was perhaps created solely for the coming of that Being! The picture seems to give expression to the idea of a dark, insolent, and senselessly eternal power, to which everything is subordinated, and this idea is suggested to you unconsciously.

Jesus. Who is this man? When all hope was gone, on the third day, He rose again, and the tomb could not hold Him, and the grave could not contain Him. Here’s the question. Is He your only hope in life and in death? Because you have a life, you’re going to get a death, you have to have a hope. Is it Him? If it’s not, who is it?

ONE QUESTION: Is Jesus your only hope in life and in death?

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By | 2011-10-30T05:00:00+00:00 October 30th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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