The Sovereign LORD will destroy death for ever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone’s eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The LORD himself has spoken!Isaiah 25:8 GNB
We all celebrate Easter for different reasons and in different ways. In general terms I’m honestly not sure if there is as much emphasis put on Christ’s rebirth after death as there is on His birth.
This man Jesus died once but didn’t face a second death.
Second death? What? You may ask.
Yeah, The Bible tells us we die physically then face the afterlife and if we haven’t accepted Christ’s sacrifice for our sins we face death again, but I don’t want to get to far ahead of what I want to say in this post.
Commercially, Christmas is BIG and time is given off officially for families to gather together and celebrate but the “Easter season” seems to come and go without much notice, other than a basket full of candy & colorful hardboiled eggs being left behind by a mythical rabbit.
It’s weird really if you think about how it is celebrated commercially.
That is why I feel that our focus should shift from commercial thinking to Christ like thinking.
The Orthodox Jews celebrate Passover (when death passed over them while held captive in Egypt). Jesus, being Jewish, celebrated this with His closest friends too but brought about and even deeper meaning.
He was the lamb that was to be slain and His blood was to cover the doorway of our lives so that death would also pass over us.
As I pondered this I began to think about heaven and Jesus’ words before he died (John 14) and His words to John in Revelation (Rev. 21).
I personally believe Christ rose from the dead, went to heaven & is still coming back.
He doesn’t need a “commercial”, however, there is need for an infomercial reminding, or for some perhaps informing, us of what kind of power, ability & intentions our Creator has for us.
With the help of Chip Ingram and Living on the edge ministries I did a post on 👉A Scripture Picture of Heaven👈
Part of that included this:
An Accurate View of Heaven Provides…
• _perspective __in times of trouble 2 Corinthians 4 : 16-18
• __peserverance_in times of temptation John 14
• _priorities __ when under pressure Matthew 6
As we go through Easter this year may we recognize exactly how significant Christ’s death and resurrection is.
He is the ONLY ONE who rose Himself from the dead. God used prophets of the past, & even His apostles after Christ rose, to raise others from the dead but Jesus Christ was The Only One to rise from the dead as a way to destroy death.
Ultimately Jesus is coming back again to get a final, once & forever victory over death giving us a time & place where no one even dies a first time, let alone encounters a second death.
This all may sound confusing and that is where faith comes in, although we do not see yet we still accept & believe.
I grew up in the church, in a Christian home & participating in church classes & activities but it wasn’t until I was older & looking into The Bible on my own that I read about “a second death” and a “new heaven” and a “new earth”.
If for any reason this post spurs you on I encourage you to start to dig into God’s Word and little more and search out what He tells us first hand about death, a second death, earth now, a new earth, heaven now, a new heaven and more.
Don’t take someone else’s view, look at what God’s Word (The Bible) says.
I’ll conclude with part of Revelation 21 telling us of things yet to come:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.
To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.
All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
Revelation 21:1-7 NLT
May you allow God to be God and not try to fully understand everything but simply believe He provides our way to Salvation, not we ourselves or any other human being.
May you fall in love with Him and let Christ truly be Lord of your life too.
In Christ, Beetle
Bible references to: 👉 Second Death👈 (Revelation chapters 2, 20 & 21) this link will take you to a word search where you can type in any subject or word relating to what you are searching for in the Bible & give you Bible verses relating to that word or subject.
Many study Bibles have a “concordance” in the back that will do the same thing. Some Bibles even have subject matters or questions in the front with verses that lead you to answers, like the Gideon Bible found in some hotel room draws.
Search and you will find.