by Terry J. Hallock

From a Tent to a Home
[A Christian's View of Death and How It Can Give You Hope]
T. J. Hallock
2 Corinthians 5:1-11
July 13, 2003

This morning the Lord has led me to deal with the one issue that overshadows all others in the human mind: death. I come to it from a Christian's point of view built from the living and inerrant Word of God and rooted in the witnessed and proven resurrection of Jesus Christ. I come to it believing that a Christian's view of death changes it from a moment to be feared to a moment to be welcomed, even joyfully anticipated. And freed from death's sting we are liberated to truly live. The victory of Jesus Christ over death and the grave cuts us loose from the chains that would keep us imprisoned in fear and dread and empowers us to begin living hopeful, meaningful, joyful and world changing lives no matter our economic or social station.

In 2nd Corinthians 5 Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reminds us that life in this "tent" is not all there is. "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands." [2nd Cor. 5:1] The phrase "if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed" is no "if" at all. At the appointed hour this tent of flesh WILL die. Of that there is no question and no debate. The greatest King and the least servant, the wealthiest and the poorest, the strongest and the weakest will all arrive at the hour and the "tent" of human life will be folded up. But the soul that existed within that tent will go on! Ecclesiastes 12:7 declares it. "And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to the God who gave it." Shed of its earthly covering our soul, the who of who we are, will move on into the boundless reaches of eternity. For some that will mean a timeless existence of conscious suffering and pain worse than anything this life could conjure up. But not for the Christian! For those who have made Jesus both ...

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