Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gold Nugget

I'm currently reading through Hebrews and I'm discovering lots and lots of gold nuggets.  Today I discovered this.
"Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he (Jesus) might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."  Hebrews 2:14-15

I think about how often I have talked to people who are crippled by the fear of death.  I remember how crippled my mom was about the fear of death.  Talking to my mom about death, it was so obvious that she was held slavery by this fear.  It was weird because it was such a natural thing for us to talk about the tasks that would need to be done when she died, yet if you brought up death itself, she would almost have a panic attack and change the subject as soon as possible.

This verse reminds me Christ has freed me from this slavery.  Christ has saved me from fearing death because of his death.  Last night in the high school connection group we talked about 2 Cor. 5:17.  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"  Brandon was giving an example of how if a follower of Jesus was to die, he could rejoice.  He believes in the exclamation mark at the end of this verse.  Because the new has come, death is not to be feared.  

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