It was a classic movie plot. The bad guy comes up with a devious plan to harm lots of people. The bad guy includes a bomb in that plan. The bad guy strategically places bomb in hopes that his evil plan is carried out. The good guy finds bomb and deactivates it just in time (complete with suspenseful music in the background). The bad guy’s plan is thwarted. The bad guy is captured by the good guy and is defeated. Hundreds of movies have been made with some variation of that same plot, but they all seem to be entertaining.
That same plot has also been carried out in the spiritual realm. Satan (the bad guy), comes up with a devious plan to deceive mankind in the Garden of Eden resulting in physical death (Genesis 3). And, if he is not already proud of that accomplishment enough, he then thinks he accomplished killing off the Savior (John 19:30), but his plan is thwarted! Christ rises from the grave and “deactivates” the bomb of death that the devil thinks he has planted (Romans 6:4-11). Here in Hebrews 2 we see the language very clearly. Jesus rendered the devil powerless (v. 14) and delivered us from the fear of death (v. 1).
Knowing all this victory leads us to be on mission for Christ without fear! We know that we have an adversary, we know that he will try to oppose the work of the Lord, but we also know who has won the war and that we do not fight for victory, but that we fight from victory.
- How does knowing that Jesus not only has overcome death, but also the fear of death strengthen and lead you in everyday life?
- How does the overcoming work of Christ play a factor in how you live on mission and how you share your faith?
- If the fear of death has been conquered and all other fears pale in comparison to the fear of death, then what is preventing you from living a passionate life on mission in Christ?
I praise You, Jesus, for cconquering death and the fear of death for us. Forgive me for the fear that keeps me from living as Your missionary in this world. Thank You for the power and victory You provided for us. I ask you to help me overcome other fears that may be preventing me from living a life fully devoted to your mission to reach the people around me who need Jesus.