DEATH

 
     
 

MEMORY VERSE: Verily, Verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24.

BIBLE PASSAGE: John 5:17-27

INTRODUCATION: What is death? Death is the opposite of life, the departure of life, the cessation of life. Death is when the heart stops, when the breath ceases, when the body is a stiff corpse. To humans, death is the separation of body, soul and spirit. The body goes to the grave and disintegrates, the spirit goes back to God (Ecc. 12:7) and the soul goes to one of two places:
(a) The soul of the wicked to hell (Lk. 16:23).
(b) The soul of the righteous to paradise (Abraham’s bossom) LK. 16:22)

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF DEATH?
There are principally two kinds of death both of them come from the Garden of Eden.
(a) Spiritual death which means separation from God (Gen. 2:17). In Eden, Adam and Eve did not die physically immediately they are the forbidden fruit. But they were separated from God, driven out of Eden. They died spiritually.
(b) Physical death which is cessation of life also originated in Eden when God killed some animals to get skins to cover Adam and Eve. (Gen. 3:21). The first human to die was Abel the son of Adam (Gen. 4:8).

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF DEATH?
Spiritual death was caused by disobedience to God (Jam. 1:15). Death is the direct result of sin. In the case of physical death, the doctor may write any one of many things on the death certificate, but the real answer is SIN (Ezek. 18:20, Rom. 6:23). Sin is the basic cause and the disease is the immediate agent that God used 
to execute the sentence that was pronounced on mankind in the Garden of Eden.

HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE DEATH?
Physical death is described in various ways in the Bible. For example, it is described:
(a) As Sleep (Jn. 11:11)
(b) As the requiring of the soul (Lk. 12:20);
(c) As putting off this earthly house (11 Cor. 5:1).
(d) As going to a place of no return (Job 16:22).
(e) As going down into silence (Ps. 115:17);
(f) As yielding up the ghost (Acts 5:10).
Eternal death is known as banishment from God, as everlasting destruction from the presence of God (11 Thess. 1:9). Eternal death is also called alienation from God, that is, becoming a stranger to God (Eph. 4:18)..

WHAT IS THE REMEDY TO DEATH?
Whatever modern science and doctors may achieve, we are “appointed to die” (Heb. 9:27). We are born with an appointment to meet physical death. We must keep that appointment unless the Lord returns soon. But we can avoid spiritual death simply be believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour (Jn. 5:24). Physical death can be avoided by the rapture of the Church but if we meet our appointment with death before the Lord returns, there is still hope. Christ has promised to walk with us (Born- again Christians) through the experience of death (Jn. 14:1-3). And if you can truthfully say “The Lord is My Shepherd” then you do not have to fear death (Ps. 23:4). 

CONCLUSION
Why did Jesus die on the cross? Was it an accident? Certainly not God’s Word said that someone must die for sin. Jesus volunteered to be the One to die. He died that you and I might live (Heb. 2:9). He tasted the bitter dregs for you and I do not let his death be in vain over you. Reconsider your stand today!

QUESTIONS
1. What is death?
2. What happened to the body, soul and spirit of man at death?
3. What is the basic cause of death?
4. What is the cure of death?

FURTHER READINGS: LK. 23:43, Eph. 2:1, 1 Thess. 4:14, 11 Pet. 1:14, Lk. 16:31, Lk. 23:46, Phil. 1:21, Eph. 5:2, Ezek. 33:11.

 
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