Death is an enemy — Jesus came to defeat that enemy

Death is the the result of sin. Death is an enemy. It rips us from our loved ones and rips our loved ones from us. There is no sense in denying that death seems like the end. But in Christ it is not! It is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new life with Jesus, perfected and enjoying Him. Thankfully, Jesus’ death and victorious resurrection secured eternal life for all who trust Him. Though hearts are heavy and tears are flowing, let us look up to Jesus through our tear-soaked eyes and with our mourning hearts. Let us dwell on the grace that Jesus gives and the fact that in Christ death is swallowed up in victory—it has lost it’s sting— and to die in Christ is gain! Eternal gain!

I think this poem is timely in pointing us to the fact of the future glory Jesus has secured for all of His people. I hope this encourages you and comforts you as we all mourn the death of our dear friend and sister, Emily. She is with Jesus, reigning with Him, dancing with Him, and enjoying Him because to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord and whether we live or we die, we are the Lord’s. Please watch and share.

This is the point of Christmas: “She will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus (God is salvation) for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and “[Jesus] himself likewise took part in flesh and blood, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:14-15). Praise Jesus for coming and saving us!

With you in Christ alone,
Pastor Brett