Chapter 6: When God’s Story Becomes Yours… Your Final Chapter Becomes A Preface
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Most of the time we like stories to have peaceful and happy endings. The fairy tales we read or heard as kids ended with “and they lived happily ever after” and it pleases us. As we grow up, we learn to see the reality of life that not everyone can have a happy ending. But we can actually meet a peaceful and fortunate ending. And our ending is not the end, it is a preface to a new life.
We often make plans for the near future. We set our eyes on the things we need and want during the journey, but what about the end of the journey? Often times, we make ourselves busy with things that will help us survive our life here on earth like our studies, our jobs, etc. But what about after our stay on earth? Save the rapture of the saints, we are bound to die. I repeat we are all going to die.
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
-Psalm 89:48 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
We cannot prevent death. It is our fate to die, save the return of Christ. Death is scary. It’s like a deadline we don’t want to come. Game over. But we can’t avoid it. Our journey here on earth isn’t everything. There is a part two. A sequel. And because of the resurrection of Christ, death can just be our entrance to another life and an eternal one.
When Jesus was crucified, everybody thought death had won. The enemy was doing some happy dance. Christ, the savior of men, was dead. The disciples were mourning. Despite the fact that Jesus made a promise to them that He will rise on the third day after the crucifixion, the disciples were so hopeless even to believe the words of the Lord. But then comes the resurrection story. The enemy’s victory party was cut short. The Lord’s promise came true. He crushed death’s head on the third day. He was perfectly alive doing things the living can do.
- 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
- 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
His resurrection story can be our story, too! Our death can be a preface to a new and everlasting life with Him. Death can just be our transition to the next life. It is not the ending for us. God is faithful to his promises. He will make sure those who have been faithful to Him until the last days, even brought down by death, will live with Him in His kingdom. All glory and honor to Him!
John 11:25 – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 5:21 – For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
The Lord would like to remind us today that earth is just our temporary vessel. There is something more important than just living on earth: it is living with and for Jesus.
I want to include here my prayer during this morning:
Lord, I praise and thank you for reminding me that the world is just our temporary vessel. Do not let me be swayed by the enemy’s tactics. Help me to overcome the world as you did. Help me to wait patiently for you. Lord, I am sorry for my mistakes and disobedience from time to time. My flesh is weak but I know You will make the spirit strong. I humbly ask for your mercy and grace today. help me to always listen to your voice and not be confused with my own voice, Help me not to give into temptations. Help us to be prepared always. Lord, we believe in your promises. You are always faithful, Lord, even in times when we are not faithful.
I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.