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Courage in the Face of Mortality

“Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades..."
(Rev 1.17-18)

Some have said that there are few things as certain as death and taxes. It is true that the mortality rate is 100%. But there is something even more certain than death. What is more certain than death? Resurrection.

Because Jesus lived the life that we were supposed to live, and died the death we deserve to die, Jesus was raised to life by the Spirit of God. By resurrection from the dead, Jesus overcame the power of death and sin. Jesus now holds the keys to Death and Hades, which means that he can open the doors of death. Death could not hold Jesus down, and all who belong to Jesus will be let loose from the grip of death, when Jesus returns.

Now, I don't know how much you are aware of your mortality, but awareness of mortality always brings with it fear. We're not made to die. We are made to live. What Jesus has done speaks deeply into the core of our hearts. He gives us courage in the face of our mortality. With Jesus, we can look at the certainty of our mortality and filter it through the certainty of our resurrection. Because Jesus is the living one, who is alive forevermore, our fears can be put to rest.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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