Scripture:   Revelation (NIV) 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.  Then he placed his right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last. 

18  I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!  And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Observation:    I am aware of several people who have died and then been brought back to life.  But the life to which they returned was still subject to death.  Jesus was dead but is now alive with a life that is not subject to death.   Like a wrestler, Jesus embraced death and defeated it.  In Jesus, death has met its master!  

Application:   The life of Jesus that dwells in me is life that has already faced death, embraced it and defeated it!   Like a baby emerging from its mother’s womb, at death my spirit, united with Jesus, will emerge from this physical body to a whole new level of living and a life that will never die! 

Prayer:   Lord, there is nothing I face in this life that you have not faced.  You know what I am experiencing and you know what I should do.  More than that, you give me the strength to make it through the tough times.  In you, I am blest!    Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!