Pastor's Corner

15 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

How spiritually shallow but hungry for spiritual truth have we become as a people? Friday night I got a glimpse into the spiritually shallow soul of our generation.  I stayed up late to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, not because I like him or his show (I don’t) but I wanted to see his guest, Keanu Reeves talk about his new movie John Wick 3.  My son and I love action movies and The Matrix and John Wickseries are a couple of our favorites.  It was at the end of the interview when, discussing the plot to a different movie Reeves is making, Colbert asked, "What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?"   Keanu pauses for a moment and replies in true Keanu form: "I know that the ones who love us will miss us."  A hush fell upon the audience; Colbert was speechless.  A big smile grew across his face as if he was being enlightened with the mysteries of the universe.  I sat there thinking, well Colbert’s out of questions and that’s the best response he’s got.  I turned the TV off and went to bed.  In the following days I have read numerous articles covering the interview and painting Reeves as the next spiritual guru of our generation.  Writers are falling all over him for his enlightened response that in reality has no substantive meaning.  Of course we are missed by those who love us.  Anyone ever been to a funeral before?  Lost a loved one? Did you miss them? Hardly a spiritual revelation, but that has not stopped people from framing Reeves with this new holy mantle. 

What happens when we die? Every generation has contemplated mortality.  In fact, humans are the only creature that thinks about it.  In the opening stories of the Bible death is attached to the central message of separation from God.  Death comes because of sin.  The author of Hebrews states it bluntly in chapter 9 verse 27: And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment. This passage might sound harsh, death is harsh, but the Bible shows us death is not the end and the One who created you has answered the question of life after death in love.  In the most famous verse from the Bible, John 3:16, Jesus Himself tells us that we need not speculate, God loves us and has made a way for us.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

To Keanu, Colbert and those who are spiritually hungry, the real answer is more than loved by those we leave behind; we are loved by the One we are going to see.  God weaves the plan of forgiveness throughout the Bible as it deals with death.  People like David who wrote Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4) knew that even when faced with the death, God would not leave us without hope. It breaks my heart to know that with all the information the Bible has to share about death people still have doubt.  In John 11 Jesus deals with this and makes a statement about Himself and then asks a question.  The truth He shared and the offer He makes back then still holds true today.  The question is not what happens when we die, but do you believe in what He says about death?  

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25-26 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan



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