Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 “The Big Bad Wolf”

“In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?”       (1 Corinthians 15: 53-55)

 

 

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

Earlier this week, we were blessed to reconnect with some dear friends, a couple who were members of a congregation I served several years ago before moving here to Florida. We spent a wonderful evening together, laughing, shedding a few tears, taking pictures, and praying together. It was truly a blessing to spend such an evening of Christian fellowship, and we talked of a time in the future when we would be traveling out their way again. Just two days later, my cell phone rang. It was sad news. The husband called with the news that the night before, his dear wife and our beloved friend had passed from this life to the next. We were shocked and stunned. The “big bad wolf” of death that silently stalks each one of us had come huffing and puffing at her door and brought down her human home. We wept and prayed and are grief-stricken at her passing. But we know something else that brings us the greatest joy imaginable…something that is known by every follower of the Lord of life. That promise of a future visit has not been thwarted by the “big bad wolf”, for while he may have the power to bring down this house of clay in which we now dwell, all his huffing and puffing only means that we will take up residence in a new indestructible home fashioned especially for us by the Master Builder, Jesus Christ. Her salvation, and that of every believer, is assured. The new home fashioned by the Lord has already been bought and paid for in full by his precious sacrifice on the cross.  Evangelist Dwight L Moody, one of the great preachers of the nineteenth century, had this to say about the “big bad wolf” of death:

“Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.”

In the “resurrection scheme of things,” that is the reality. He may huff and puff and bring down this earthly tent in which we live, only to find that we’ve taken up residence in a new, imperishable dwelling “where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” So as our heart aches with her passing, we do also say with absolute conviction, “Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?” Let’s pray!

Eternal God, Giver of Life Everlasting; I praise you that through Your own Beloved Son, you have defeated the “big bad wolf of death”, whose sting has been forever thwarted by His glorious resurrection. I live this life in full expectation of spending an eternity with all the saints in Your glorious presence. All Hail the power of Jesus’ Name! Amen!

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