The Fellowship of John 17:21

It's A Matter of LIFE and DEATH!

That's the reason we're being told it's SO IMPORTANT to get this CoVid19 thing right! With a mortality rate of 2-5% of those infected, they say it is 3 or 4 times more deadly than the seasonal flu.

But I can't help but wonder, where's the concern for the "virus" with a 100% mortality rate that has infected the whole human race?

Nichols and Wiseman wrote a song several years ago that country singer Tim McGraw used as the title cut for his album, "Live Like You Were Dying." A particularly insightful line says, "Well, I finally read The Good Book and took a good long hard look at what I'd do if I could do it all again..." Perhaps it would be wise to take at least a good quick look at what The Good Book says about LIFE and DEATH?

From the first book of the Bible we read, "The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of LIFE; and man became a LIVING BEING." (Genesis 2:7) God placed Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden to tend and enjoy, with only one restriction: "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely DIE." (Genesis 2:16,17)

Sometime later, the one identified elsewhere in Scripture as the Deceiver and Father of Lies (Jn.8:44), at first questioned whether God actually restricted access (Gen.3:1), then flat out denied the consequences - "You will NOT surely DIE." (Gen.3:4), even questioning God's motives. (Gen.3:5) Adam and Eve decided to believe the deceiver instead of taking God at His Word, and as a result...

"Through one man sin entered the world and DEATH through sin, and thus DEATH spread to ALL." (Romans 5:12)

"The wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should NOT PERISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE (John 3:16)

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the LIFE; he who believes in Me, though he DIE, he shall LIVE. And he who LIVES and believes in Me, shall NEVER DIE. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25,26)

Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

"God has given us ETERNAL LIFE, and this LIFE is in His Son. He who has the Son has LIFE; he who does not have the Son of God does not have LIFE. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have ETERNAL LIFE." (I John 5:11-13)

The Apostle Paul describes that new life this way: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who LIVES, but Christ LIVES in me; and the LIFE which I now LIVE in the flesh, I LIVE by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

Our Creator and Heavenly Father has provided a 100% effective cure from this death-dealing virus of sin for all who will believe and receive it, a cure with the power to extend life, not for just a few more months or years, but for all ETERNITY!

The Apostle Paul wrote that those who repent and believe this Good News are buried with Jesus "by baptism into DEATH, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the DEAD by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of LIFE." (Romans 6:4)

The last book of the Bible has these words regarding the end of the age: "I am the Alpha and Omega... I will give of the fountain of the water of LIFE freely to him who thirsts... But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire... the second DEATH." (Revelation 21:6,8)"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the Tree of LIFE... the Spirit and the bride say "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts, come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of LIFE freely." (Revelation 22:14,17)

Jesus gave these instructions to His followers: "Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to everybody. He who believes and is baptized will be saved (from DEATH), but he who does not believe will (continue to) be condemned." (Mark 16:15,16; cf. John 3:18) The question facing us today is not unlike the question facing Adam and Eve: will we take God at His Word, or will we be tempted to question that Word to our peril?

It truly is a matter of LIFE and DEATH!

Thomas (Jn.17:21) Mackey