Hebrews 2: 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
If you died today and you stood before God, and he said, “Why should I let you into heaven, what would you say?” You may recognize that approach to opening a conversation with someone about what they believe or don’t believe. Really, the rubber hits the road when we have to contemplate our death. What’s going to happen next?
Jesus set us from from being held in slavery by our fear of death! What good news today and every day! Yes, we still have a natural fear of death. God wired us with a survival mode that makes us want to live. But what we don’t have to fear is what will happen AFTER we die. We will be in heaven with Jesus, because by his death he broke the power of the devil over us. Satan cannot accuse those whom God has acquitted! We are justified by grace and through faith.
In my ministry, I have attended many members who were coming close to their dying moment. So many expressed their confidence in Jesus and in heaven. “I just want to go home,” they would say. Or, “I’m ready to leave this vale of tears and be with my Savior.” Does that mean we won’t have a doubting moment when that time comes? No. We always have our sinful nature with us and the devil will accuse our consciences to the end. But in our new self, we are not afraid. Jesus broke the power of sin and death and hell and Satan. That’s why it is all about Jesus!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, while I am living, be my strength and my shield and my portion. When I am dying, walk with me through that dark valley so that I will fear no evil. Thank you for giving me hope beyond this life and for freeing me from my fear of death. Amen.