Verse 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
Question 1 – What is your only comfort in life and in death? Answer – …in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
Yesterday we started talking about how being God’s purchased children we can know that He is with us in life and in death. Today we go deeper into that thought.
Knowing that God is in full control means knowing that He is in control eternally. He was in control when He spoke the earth into being. He was in control when He breathed the breath of life into man. He was in control when the flood destroyed the entire earth except for Noah, his family and two of each of the animals. He was in control when He asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to prove his loyalty to God. He was in control when the ram appeared in the bush at just the perfect moment before Abraham could harm his son. The list could go on and on throughout history as He has remained in control.
The fact that He has proven Himself through the ages speaks highly of His faithfulness. This faithfulness has kept His people through many trials throughout the ages. And His faithfulness is not limited to this life. Remember He is faithful in life and in death. He has kept His promises and will continue to do so. This is where the comfort comes from. We know that He will do what He says He will do.
So what should be our response be and how should it change our view of life? We are called to live for Christ and that means living in His way. His faithfulness should inspire us to live faithfully too. Faithful to Him in every portion of our lives. Faithful in our seeking Him. Faithful in living the way He calls us to live. Faithful in our service to Him.
This faithfulness of God is why we know that there is comfort in life and death. He showed His faithful love to us through faithfully following through the plan of dying as the perfect sacrifice and rising again so that we may have eternal life. Yes, He is faithful in life and death and then eternal life. That is a comfort!
Making It Personal
Do you find peace in the knowledge of His faithfulness? What comforts you about His being faithful? How do you need to be faithful to Him that you have failed to be in the past?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to be faithful? What are some ways that Jesus is faithful? How can you be faithful?
Father, thank You for being faithful, not just in the past but in the present and future too. We know that You have called us to be faithful too. You are our comfort. In Jesus’ name, amen.