Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Biblical Look at Death

In his sermon "Mary and the Love of Christ (2)" on 02/26/17, Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick of Arann Reformed Baptist Church looks at John 11:28-37.  In this passage, Mr. Fitzpatrick marvels at the fact that Jesus weeps at Lazarus's death, even though He knows that He will raise Lazarus:

"Death should make us weep.  We do mourn.  Yes, we don't mourn as those who have no hope, but it's unnatural not to mourn.  If the Son of God wept at the presence of death, we should weep.  There can be a false spiritually which makes you aloof...death should make us grieve; death should make us sorrow.  Of course, not to the point of desperation where we give up, but death is not the revealed will of God.  Yes, it is His sovereign will, but God's revealed will is life.  God created humanity to live, not to die.  God created the animals to live, not to die.  Death is an evil thing.  That's why we rejoice that our Savior has overcome death.  Where, O death, is thy sting?  Where, O grave, is thy victory?  Thanks be unto God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

"Jesus wept," (John 11:35)