TITLE: Really, Truly Dead
DATE: November 30, 2019
Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed.
TEXT: Hebrews 9: 27-28 – ESV - And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Ever since I got out in the ministry, and even before, I’ve seen all kinds of definition of death.
Now in literature death can be:
Now this is important because ...
Benjamin Schreiber, a first-degree murderer who was sentenced to life in jail says he ought to be set free. He holds that opinion because in May 2015 he had septic poisoning, was rushed to the hospital and “died.” His heart was restarted five times. He maintains he has finished his sentence and completed his lifetime’s debt to society.
One Judge, Judge Amanda Potterfield has reviewedhis case and, tongue-in-cheek, observed: "Schreiber is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is actually dead, in which case this appeal is moot.”
The day is going to come to Mr. Schreiber as it comes to each of us, when all the Doctors at all the hospitals won’t be able to jumpstart his heart. On that day he will find out a number of things. First, he will know the feeling of helplessness and second, he will know salvation or damnation.
That pathway will he determined by one thing and one thing only: did he believe on the Christ as his personal Savior from sin, or did he not. I pray he acknowledges the Christ Who can do what nobody else can. He can create in His people a new heart.”
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, when death really and truly comes, humankind is helpless. I rejoice that when man is weak Your power has no limitations. In Jesus’ holy Name I pray it. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to this address: https://www.newser.com/story/282821/he-was-serving-a-life-sentence-then-he-died.html and the article written by Jenn Gidman .
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html