Not just kid’s stuff ….
The Bible tells of a particular fear that is able to keep people in bondage their entire lives. Wouldn’t it be great if a person could beat that fear AS A CHILD, and skip a life-time of bondage? Give this wonderful “kid’s song” by a great singer/song-writer, Joe Fair, a listen, and come back for more thoughts.
Hebrews 2 speaks of people “who for fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage“.
Wow! Without question, death is bad. But how much worse to live an entire life in bondage because of the FEAR of death?!? That person lives a miserable life — and dies anyway.
Is there a better way? THERE IS!
MORE powerful Savior
Read the rest of that verse and the day quickly brightens. We learn from Hebrews 2 that Jesus’s death made it possible for him to “destroy him that had the power of death, that is, …“
There should be a pause here. There should be a drum roll.
WHO has the power of death? This verse says, “the devil”.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ understood this about the enemy. Remember John 10? There Jesus said, “The thief comes not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…”
Back to Hebrews 2. Not only did Jesus come to “destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” but ALSO to “DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.“
How far can joy take someone?
Later in Hebrews we read, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It is hard for us to understand how Jesus could so love that he would suffer such a death for us. These verses give us a glimpse into his thinking. “For the joy that was set before him” he endured the cross. Bundled in the joy set before him was knowing what his SUCCESS would mean to his Father and to us, forever. Part of that success is that NOW, NO ONE NEEDS to live in bondage their whole life in fear of death.
OH! What a wonderful savior Jesus was back then, and IS TODAY. He did not come that we would remain in bondage. He came that we might have LIFE, life more than abundant.
Death will be swallowed up in victory
Funeral homes are still in business, but that is going to change. Jesus Christ’s victory set up a period of time that is STILL going on today, a time when people can respond to his invitation to get in on everlasting life. When this period of time ends — and the Bible promises it will end — those who accepted the invitation will receive new bodies and live forever without fear or sickness or sorrow. Until THAT day, we who accepted the invitation look unto Jesus as savior and lord, and as our example of love and endurance, as we reach out to others —- to bring deliverance to those who through fear of death spend all their days in bondage. We’ve been given the privilege to tell others about our wonderful savior, and how they can get their names written in the book of life.
Our song, “Fear Not” can remind kids — of all ages — what we talked about here.
God bless you lots!
LYRICS: Fear Not
Words and music: Joe Fair
Fear not, fear not,
Fear not my little one.
It gives God good pleasure
To bless ev’ry one.
So fear not, fear not,
Fear not my little one.
Your name’s written in heaven
Shining like the sun.
Please share your thoughts
How did your outlook on life change when you knew that you knew God’s promise of everlasting life was TRUE FOR YOU? Please jot a note about it in the “Leave a reply” spot below.
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