Fear of death
He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”—Hebrews 2:14–15
Death. It is a certainty for everyone … something no one can escape. Yet many people do not face this inevitability.
The subject of death causes fear and anxiety for some people. Others ask deep questions: If we are going to die, why should we be concerned about God? Why shouldn’t we just do whatever we want? But the Bible reminds us of the reality of eternal life and the importance of having an eternal perspective on life itself.
The devil wants us shackled with fear and anxiety. Hebrews states that he has “the power of death.” He uses death as leverage to spread fear and a sense of hopelessness, swaying us to think his thoughts.
But faith in Jesus changes everything. He came to give us eternal life and free us from the bondage of sin and death (John 3:15). In fact, Jesus destroyed the power of death. He deprived death of its force and made it of no impact. He ended, abolished, and deprived it of influence.
His coming allows us to have a new attitude toward every aspect of life. Everything! We are changed! We no longer need to be afraid, for we have been released! We are set free and delivered!
Remember all Jesus has done for you! He has freed you from the power and influence of death and given you eternal life. Celebrate the victory that has already been prepared for you.
Reflection Question: Compose a prayer of gratitude for specific things God has done for you.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me new life. Thank You for the promise of eternal life and for setting me free. In Your name, amen.
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