Hebrews Two - Fear of Death

We are all enslaved to the fear of death.
    In some ways the fear of death is a good thing - it’s what stops us walking out infront of traffic. But the problem is that we all know that, despite all of those sensible decisions, we can not avoid death.

        It governs so many of our decisions. We try and ignore it or laugh it off but we all get quiet when we hear about a tragic accident because we know it could just as easily have been us. We can’t really let ourselves think about it because we would all freak out. What it means to be a ‘normal’ person in our world is to push that fear of death far enough to the back of our mind that we can carry on. 

            Most advice is to focus on making positive choices, living a healthy lifestyle, accepting that some things are out of your control etc. This is not bad advice but it does not deal with the problem of death because nothing can.

            No one has overcome death - except Jesus!

            “Death’s bite has been rendered insipid by Christ’s death… As our champion he has stormed the very gates of the enemy and laid hold of his stronghold, opening wide the doors of our captivity and pointing us to the path of freedom” Guthrie
            When confronted with death, or the fear of death, or both, look to Jesus, who took on flesh and blood like us, and died in our place - walking back out of the grave three days later!

            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 – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.Hebrews 2:14-15

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