Loss

Yesterday we received the terrible news of a close friend’s accidental death.  The grief has been washing over us, eroding the sand underneath our feet.

Don Chaffer once wrote “These days, songs of tragedy seem particularly important. The grieved heart needs room to breathe, reel, and fall before rising again.  We have found ways to meet most of our petty cravings (airplanes, broadband internet, drive-thru food), but nothing can replace time and space in the face of loss.  Breathe deep and weep.”

That’s exactly what we’ve been doing. 

That, and taking stock.  There is nothing like this kind of loss to make you look around and wonder if you are making a difference.  We hope we made in difference in our friend’s life.  He once told us that we had and those words ring so loudly now.  He was referencing the way we live, but we hope some of our words mattered too.  Mostly these words…the ones we hope we’ve spoken to you too.

Has anyone ever taken a Bible and shown you how you can KNOW for sure that you’re going to heaven? The Bible contains both Bad News and Good News. The Bad news is something about you. The good news is something about God. Let’s look at the bad news first…

Bad News #1: You are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Sinned means that we have missed the mark. When we lie, hate, lust or gossip, we have missed the standard God has set. Suppose you and I were each trying to throw a rock and try to hit the North Pole. You might throw farther than I, but neither of us would hit it. When the Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short” it means that we have all come short of God’s standard of perfection. In thoughts, words, and deeds, we have not been perfect.

But the Bad News gets worse…

Bad News #2: The penalty for sin is death. Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” Suppose you worked for me and I paid you $100. That $100 was your wages. That’s what you earned. The Bible says that by sinning we have earned death. That means we deserve to die and be separated from God forever.

But..since there was no way we could come to God, God came to us. 

Good News #1: Christ died for you. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Suppose you are in a hospital dying of cancer. I come to you and say, “Let’s take the cancer cells from your body and put them into my body.” If that were possible, What would happen to me? What would happen to you? I would die in your place. I would die instead of you.

The Bible says Christ took the penalty that we deserved for sin, placed it upon Himself, and died in our place. Three days later Christ came back to life to prove that sin and death had been conquered and that His claims to be God were true.

Just as the bad news got worse, the good news gets better.

Good News #2: you can be saved through faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8,9 says, “For by grace (undeserved favor) you have been saved (delivered from sin’s penalty) through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Faith means trust. What must you trust Christ for? You must depend on Him alone to forgive you and to give you eternal life. Just as you trust an airplane to get you to your destination through no effort of your own, so you must trust Jesus Christ to get you to heaven through no effort of your own. But you may say, I’m religious. I go to church. I don’t steal. I’m a good person. I help the poor. These are all good , but good living, going to church, helping the poor or any other good thing you might do cannot get you to heaven.

You must trust in Jesus Christ alone, and God will give you eternal life as a gift.

Why not believe today? None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.

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  1. Great post Kim. I’m so sorry for your loss. We’re thinking and praying for y’all…

    • Kat
    • April 29th, 2008

    I’m so sorry, hon.

    • jenn mosburg
    • April 29th, 2008

    sweet friend, my eyes have welled up in reading your post. i am deeply sorry for the loss that you and many others are experiencing during this time. yet, with you, i also celebrate this incredible, most undeserved gift of eternal life! may our Lord be your peace and consolation. much love to you…

  2. Great post. Thank you.

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