No fear of death

“And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”

John 6:39

First, this verse is a picture of the love that God the Father has for us, because Jesus is here saying that it is the Father’s will that Jesus not lose anyone that the Father has given him. He says this right after stating that he has come not to do his own will, but the will of the Father who sent him. The entire life of Christ was a reflection of the Father’s will.

Second, this verse is an encouragement and a call to a congruent life. Jesus makes it clear that a key part of Christian belief is the resurrection. For emphasis, Jesus reiterates his words in the next verse, and prefixes them with “shall have eternal life”.

Yesterday I watched a few minutes of a film about the life of Jan Hus, a reformer martyred in 1415. As the movie tells it, in his cell, the day before going to the stake, a guard asks him how he is so brave. He responds:

“You have no fear of death, when you have faith in our Lord and Savior.”

According to Jesus’ words in John 6:39, that is a saying by which believers must live. When we believe, death is nothing to fear.

This realization will not only impart courage to your soul, but will feed your passion to share at any cost. Because when you realize that death is nothing to fear, you realize that you have good news, for anybody.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy 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

Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 61:1.

We can, too.

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