The Greatest Escape

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Though I haven’t quite finished constructing my blog. I couldn’t wait to post! I know my posts won’t be perfect, maybe some spelling or grammar errors. But, know it comes from my heart and I hope in some way God reaches out to you and speaks to your heart as He continues to speak to mine!!

This was inspired by Dr. Daniel Brown’s “Embracing Grace: Settling the Guilt that Unsettles You” where he talked about the “Great Escape.” And was further fueled by this weekends Resurrection Celebration!!

   We are inundated by movies about cheating or escaping death… But it seems that death always catches up with everyone. Not so fun to always be worried about death around every corner like the characters in the Final Destination movies.

   We can look else where and see stunt artists or magicians “escaping death.” And yet many of them are dead now, like Evil Knievel or Houdini.

But what if there was a way to truly escape death?

   I’m not referring to physical death (because that’s inevitable for us). No, I’m referring to spiritual death. Much of the fear of death, besides some of the agonizing paths that can lead to it, is the fear of the unknown or the thought that death is it for us. I’m sure I haven’t covered all parts of it but I hope you get my gist. Death instills fear into all of us….

What if we didn’t have to live that way?

   The death I speak of is when we physically die that we will be eternally separated from God with no chance of ever being with Him, experiencing His love, His grace…etc. Due to sin we are all set on a course of this eternal separation from God.

But there is a way out from this!!

  This weekend we celebrated The Greatest Escape. This doesn’t rival the best of stunt artists it blows them out of the water. Nothing compares to what Jesus did on the cross. He made the ultimate sacrifice,  took our place on the cross, dying for OUR sins. He died an agonizing, cruel, can’t stomach kind of death…so that we didn’t have to. (You might say so how can you defeat death by dying…there’s more!)

The story doesn’t end at the crucifixion.
A story foretold long before Jesus’ time: He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.  Isaiah 25:8
  He DEFEATED death. His sacrifice and blood shed on the cross broke the chains of sin and death in our lives. Then the best part of the story happened:  on the third day He ROSE from the dead!! That’s right, HE IS ALIVE. That sealed the deal, the course of our lives, our destiny was changed…well if we choose it.
   Romans 10:9 says If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
You might say: Relevant for you and me today? Yes!!!

This wasn’t an illusion. Christ paid the price for our sins. Defeated death. And death lost its hold on us. All we need to do is believe, and we can experience this Resurrection Power in our lives. Freedom from Sin and Death!!! We to can “escape death.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16