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Good News When You're Confronted by Death
As you shuffle toward the grave, take heart; Jesus has conquered death.
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Luke 7:11-17 says this:
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
Let's pray. Father, thank you that the Lord Jesus brings good news, even in the face of the darkest parts of life and of death. Please fill our minds and our hearts with this good news today as we look at your word. We pray for Jesus' sake, Amen.
A number of years ago, Martin Bashir did an extended interview with Michael Jackson. He followed him around for a month or two. One of the things that this documentary revealed was Michael Jackson's obsession with aging and death. This theme was striking in the strange place he lived, Neverland. It was like a playground for children. Around the house there were a number of statues of Peter Pan. Bashir asked Jackson, "Why are you so focused on Peter Pan?" Jackson said, "I am Peter Pan. I never want to grow up."
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Vaughan Roberts is the rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, United Kingdom, president of the Proclamation Trust, and author of several books including God's Big Picture.
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