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Easter 2022

Faith & Fears

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Who can we trust? Can we trust the government; the media; academia; science or medicine; or money? These are basically our very limited options. But there is one more - we can choose to trust in the Lord Jesus.

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7

Fear is not from God - it is either from within or without, but never from above. Most fears are about our physical bodies (sickness, injury, the dreaded c word), our families (our kids) or our finances (not enough, bankruptcy). But the worst fear is death. We, however, do not need to fear anything, especially death, because the Bible says…

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“…My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave.” Psalm 16:9-10

if all there is to this life is this life, that is sad. It is also unfair that some evil people live long lives while too many good people die way too early. What else is sad is some people are very successful and amass great wealth just to die and leave it to someone who didn’t earn it and may never appreciate it. What is the point? Also, if there is no after-life, with no-one to answer to, then it’s no biggie whether you are a good person or not - who cares?

Putting everything aside from what David already believed he had gained by following God, it dawned on him (from God) that there was more awaiting him - Everlasting life. This life is not all there is. Because David turned his life over to God meant that God had a plan and a place prepared for him beyond this life. David would never have to fear being abandoned (left) in the grave. He could rest now in this life and rest in peace, because God was with him.

“…Nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” Psalm 16:10

Based on God’s word, David believed the Messiah (Jesus) would rise from the dead. What we celebrate today was what David rejoiced over many years ago. And, because his Messiah would rise from the dead, he believed he too would rise. So will we, if we believe in Jesus. It is odd, but the whole point of this life is to discover God, love Him and people and then die so we can rise to new (real) life.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:25

from sermon notes 4/17/2022

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