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From: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
To: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 7:22 AM
Subject: Death Abolished
2 Timothy 1:10 ...our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel
"Death Abolished!" Wouldn't that make a great headline in the daily newspaper? Of course the newspapers carry stories involving death every day. There are murders, suicides, acts of terror, natural disasters and of course the obituary pages that report virtually every death. So how does the apostle Paul get away with making the declarative statement that Jesus abolished death?
I suppose it starts with the definition of life. If there is a life that transcends the natural life than there is a way for natural death to become a gateway to that life. We needed that gateway and Jesus provided it, ironically, through his own natural death. Rather than ending His life, the death on the Cross became a sacrifice...a perfect sacrifice. It didn't "abolish" natural death. We all must go through death. But it opened the door for us to move through natural death to find eternal life.
Jesus abolished eternal death for those who would put their trust in Him. And for those who put their trust in Him on this side of natural death, life begins...eternal life that is, at that moment.
Here is Jesus declaring this great truth:
John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life."
blessings and may you find this life,