This content is part of a series.
Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Program #191, CT 504072
"PEOPLE AROUND THE CROSS" SERIES, PT. VIII
"Easter's Answer to An Ancient Christian Job"
(Job 38:17; Rev. 1:18)
"Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
"I.. am the living One; and I was dead, and
behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the
keys of death and of Hades."
Some time ago in this area, there was a seminar on Death and Dying. A
workbook from this seminar was brought to me, and when I looked through
it, noting the bibliography, I found there were forty two resources.
There was everything from Elizabeth Kubler Ross's book on death and
dying, to Herman Pfeiffer's book on death, and all in between. Not one
time, however, was the Bible mentioned.
Then I looked under "Periodicals," and those resources. It offered
everything from "Thanatopsis," to the Euthanasia Education Council in
New York. It never referred, however, to a pastor, or to a church, or
anyone who may deal with the truth of the Word of God concerning death,
dying, and the after life.
Everyone will believe something about "forever," and now, on the
authority of the Word of God, I'd like to take the Scripture and the
insights it gives concerning the question of who will open the gates of
death. Jesus answered this question so that we might know,
authoritatively, and stand on it. It may be a source of encouragement
and blessing to all of us.
During the blitz of London in World War II, a little boy was being
taken away from the city for safety. Someone asked him, "Do you know
where you're going?" He said, "No, but the King is sending me, and I
know that he knows."
God knows where we're going. He has given us His Word to help us to
understand that He opens the gates of death, and to know something
about life after death.
There are 22564 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.