A CORDIAL FOR OUR FEARS                                      Hebrews 2:5-18

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (v15)

For many people, even some Christians, the fear of death dominates their lives. William Cory, the poet, was haunted by the fear of death. In one of his books, Dr. W.E. Sangster writes about how William Cory was once in a room where there was a small caged bird, bursting with song. A little girl who was also in the room clapped her hands together in great delight, Cory said gloomily, ‘Yes, he’s happy; he doesn’t know that he will die.”

From my study, I found three basic elements on the fear of death, (First, the fear of the physical act of dying. Will it be painful and drawn out? Second, the fears of finality. Is death the end of everything? Third, the fear that beyond death one might have to face judgment. No one who knows Christ need fear these things. He will be with us in the physical act of dying, and we have the assurance that death is not final but the crossing over from the temporal to the eternal – from knowing Jesus’ presence to seeing Him in person. And, for a Christian, there need be no fear of Judgment. To us He has said, “Your sins are forgiven you.” Jesus Christ is our Saviour, Surety, Ransom, Redeemer, Friend. He stands, like a great wall, between penitent sinners and their sins. He is, in the words of one poet, ‘A sovereign balm for every wound, a cordial for our fears.”

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, I am so thankful that when I have You I have everything. Death cannot alter that fact. Please give me the strength and grace not only to live well but to die well. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen. (EDWJ)


Worry is a burden that God never meant for us to bear

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