Last week a young hawk flew into the side of our house. My husband saw it happen, and Buddy ran to where the poor thing landed and stood over it's limp body looking at my husband as if to say "Why'd he do that dad?"
My dog and my husband have this one thing in common, they both have heart's full of compassion for all creatures great and small. If it's bigger than a blue jay, Buddy is afraid of it, otherwise he wants to be best friends with it; so it is easy to imagine him actually asking why the hawk did what it did. I wish we had a picture of the confusion on his face when he stood over the bird.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Like the hawks and all living creatures on the earth, we are only one misstep, or heart attack away from death. The believer may get lucky enough to be raptured away before ever having to experience the death of the body (Isn’t that what we would all rather have happen?) But, this may not occur in our natural lifetime. And so we will suffer death just like all the saints who have gone before us. The hope that all believers do have however, is the promise that although our natural body is destined for the grave, we will not remain there as Jesus Christ long ago, upon His own death, first took a key and set all the righteous captives free from the grave. And after this was accomplished, he came back to the world of the living to establish and confirm His claim to be the Son of God who conquered this terrible fate called death for all who trust in Him. So although we may make a mistake, like the hawks did, our consequence could be bodily death, but our penalty for death has been paid, therefore we will live for all eternity!
Another comparison that I wanna point out here, is about how my dog, who is one half black and tan coon hound and the other half golden retriever seems to totally contradict his own nature..The coon hound is genetically conditioned to hunt for small animals and it is said that once found, they normally will kill the animal unless trained not to. The retriever on the other hand, bred to find fallen prey and of course, retrieve it will not generally be afraid of it. Now I can’t help but think about how we as human beings, who by our very nature are tempted to sin, to make decisions that we know are wrong or against God, that once we are saved the Bible tells us we are given a new nature..we become a new creation in Christ. It is nothing short of a miracle that we are now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, able to resist the temptation to sin..to go against our old nature, to no longer be bound by our genetic makeup to be enslaved by the tendency to commit sin. We are in essence, given new wings to fly above the obstacle of sin that would otherwise result in our death, we can make mistakes, and although there may be unpleasant consequences, we will never again have to fear death because of sin. And we will, if we are focused upon the Lord, see with our spiritual eyes the route to fly around the obstacles that seem to be always in our path.
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.”[a] But when He says “all things are put under Him,”it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
55 “ O Death, where is your sting?[h]
O Hades, where is your victory?”[i]
(1 Cor. 15 NKJV)
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