April 24, 2014


THOUGHTS to get you THINKING about God, Jesus, YOUR LIFE, & Eternity!


“How to SURVIVE death!” (Jesus died to overcome death)

Thought #193 – Bible verse Jesus overcame death for us:

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, so we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us.”

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There are two things in life that you nor I can overcome.

Death is one of them.

Certainly, dying is not the most pleasant thought. So how do we survive it???

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
Who of us really want to die?

You see,

Our life story was to be a story of LIFE!

In the beginning, God created Life.  God literally breathed into us, each one of us, the breath of Life and we became a living being (Genesis 2:7).
bible verse Jesus overcame death for us

God created us to live, not just now but for forever.

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
It is us who created DEATH.

Shortly after the beginning, we created death … our story of Life became a story of life-and-death.  In the garden, the garden of Eden, we made a fatal choice and Death was born in us (Genesis 3).  And, ever since ‘the Fall’, we have been falling apart.

It is in that moment, though, God saw our ‘grave’ predicament, and so He predicted that one day He would deliver Sin and Death a deathblow for us.  God promised that He would ransom, redeem, resurrect, and ultimately and eternally, restore us to life (Genesis 3:15).  Right there in the garden of Eden, God declared that He was dead set on overcoming death for us.  And once again, our life story became a story of Life.

Some thousands of years later, in another garden, the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus, God in flesh, began His long ago predicted assault on Death … and on the cross and thru the grave, Jesus dealt Death a deathblow for us.  He died to overcome death.
bible verse Jesus overcame death for us

Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, so that we could SURVIVE death.

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
These are the events that we call Easter.

God promised both in the Old Testament and the New Testament,

That through Him and His salvation,

We can overcome death,

We can survive death,

And live forever!

So let’s take a look at ALL of the Old Testament and New Testament bible verses in which God promised that He would do this for us … our survival guide, if you will, on how to survive death.

Psalm 68:20  [Old Testament]

“Our God is the GOD OF SALVATION, and to GOD the Lord belong escapes from DEATH.”

Psalm 102:18-20

“This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.  For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary, FROM HEAVEN THE LORD VIEWED THE EARTH, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to DEATH.”

Isaiah 25:7-9

“And God will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people (death), and the veil that is spread over all nations (death).  He will swallow up DEATH forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken.  And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and HE WILL SAVE US. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

Hosea 13:4,14

“I am the LORD your God, and you shall know no God but Me; for THERE IS NO SAVIOR BESIDES ME.  I will ransom them from the power of the grave.  I will redeem them from DEATH.  O Death, I will be your plagues!  O Grave, I will be your destruction!”

Amos 5:8b

He turns the shadow of DEATH into morning … THE LORD IS HIS NAME.”

You see,
bible verse Jesus overcame death for us

God created us to live, not just now but for forever.

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, so that we could survive death, so that we could live again.

This is HIS STORY on how He overcame so we could overcome.

Matthew 20:18-19  [New Testament]

Jesus said, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to DEATH, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. AND THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RISE AGAIN.”

Again in Mark 10:33-34

Jesus said, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to DEATH and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. AND THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RISE AGAIN.”

 John 5:24-29

Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but HAS PASSED FROM DEATH INTO LIFE.  Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.  For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself … do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

John 8:51

Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word, HE (OR SHE) SHALL NEVER SEE DEATH.”

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. He (or she) who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
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Do you believe this?

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
Acts 2:22-24

“HEAR THESE WORDS: Jesus of Nazareth, attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God (Genesis 3:15), you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, HAVING LOOSED THE PAINS OF DEATH, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”

Again in Acts 13:29-30,34

“Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.  GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, and He raised Him from the dead no more to return to corruption (Psalm 16:9-11).”

You see,
bible verse Jesus overcame death for us

HIS STORY can become your story!

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
Jesus death can become your life.

It is through Him and His salvation that you can overcome sin and death.

You can survive death.

Romans 5:8-21 (excerpts)

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US.  Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE … for if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one (Adam and Eve), much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation and death, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life … so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:5-23 (excerpts)

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died to self has been freed from sin … now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him … FOR THE DEATH THAT HE DIED, HE DIED TO SIN ONCE FOR ALL; BUT THE LIFE THAT HE LIVES, HE LIVES TO GOD.  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord … but now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4,21-26,54-57

“Moreover, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, BY WHICH ALSO YOU ARE SAVED … for I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures … now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.  THE LAST ENEMY THAT WILL BE DESTROYED IS DEATH … then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.  O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?”  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 1:9-10


Ephesians 2:13-16

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace having abolished in His flesh the enmity … that He might reconcile us to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity (Genesis 3:15).”

2 Timothy 1:10

“It has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, WHO HAS ABOLISHED DEATH AND BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL.”

Hebrews 2:9-10,14-15

“But we see Jesus, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, THAT HE, by the grace of God, MIGHT TASTE DEATH FOR EVERYONE.  For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons (and daughters) to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings … inasmuch then as we have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death, He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime.”

1 Peter 1:3-4,18

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to A LIVING HOPE THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you … for Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.”

Revelation 1:18

Jesus said,  “I AM HE WHO LIVES, AND WAS DEAD, AND BEHOLD, I AM ALIVE FOREVERMORE. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

Revelation 2:11

He (or she) who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says … HE (OR SHE) WHO OVERCOMES SHALL NOT BE HURT BY THE SECOND DEATH.”

Revelation 20:6

Blessed and holy is he (or she) who has part in the first resurrection. OVER SUCH THE SECOND DEATH HAS NO POWER, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him.”

Revelation 21:5-8,27

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.  And He said to me, “It is done (it is finished)!  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him (or her) who thirsts.  He (or she) who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son (or daughter).  But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death … there shall by no means enter it (new heaven) anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE.”

Revelation 22:17

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”  And let him (or her) who hears say, “Come!”  And let him (or her) who thirsts come. WHOEVER DESIRES, LET HIM (OR HER) TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY.”

Do you see?
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It’s you and I’s survival guide to surviving death!

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
Jesus died to overcome death.

And if you will receive it, if you will believe it,

You will overcome death too.

Not only will you survive,
bible verse Jesus overcame death for us

You will live forever with Him!

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us
Don’t you see?

Death has died.

Death has been defeated.

Death, where is your sting?

bible verse Jesus overcame death for us

“The Son rose … and The Sun will rise!”

Thought #113 – Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of Righteousness:

Malachi 4:1-2  “Behold the day is coming … to you who fear My name,
the Sun of righteousness shall ARISE with healing in His wings.”

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Thousands of years ago, God gave us 10 S’s names in the Old Testament to describe Jesus, and the last one of the 10 names God gave us, spoke of Jesus’ second coming before His first coming ever came.  How ’bout that?

It’s interesting, isn’t it?

These are the 10 ‘S’s names: the Seed, the Star, the Scepter, the Son, the bronze Serpent, the Savior, the Servant, the Stone, the Shepherd and …

the SUN of righteousness!

Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness
Isn’t it interesting, in the last book of the Old Testament – Malachi – God gave us that as the last 10 ‘S’ name for Jesus?
Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness

Malachi 4:1-2 “Behold the day is coming … THE SUN
of righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings.”

Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness
On Easter, THE SON rose.

The Son ROSE on Sun-day.

And one day on another ‘Son-day’

THE SUN will rise!

The Sun WILL RISE on a ‘Son-day’.

That is, the second coming of Jesus will come one day.
Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness

God told us in the Old Testament to watch for the Sun of righteousness to arise, but not the first time.  First time, the “SONrise”.  Second time, the “SUNrise”.

Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness
God said in 2 Samuel 23:2&4
“The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue … and HE SHALL BE LIKE THE LIGHT OF THE MORNING when the SUN risesa morning without clouds.”

God also said in Isaiah 60:19-20
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.  YOUR SUN SHALL NO LONGER GO DOWN, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.”

[see Psalm 72:1-20 and Psalm 89:36-37
for references to both 'the Son' and 'the sun']

Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness

Isn’t it interesting, in the last book of the New Testament – Revelation – God gave us the ‘last event’ before everlasting being THE SON (the Lamb)
becoming THE SUN?

Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness
Just like God said in Isaiah 60:19-20 (Old Testament), God says in Revelation 21:23-25 (New Testament)
“The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,
for the glory of God illuminated it. THE LAMB (the Son) IS ITS LIGHT (the Sun).
And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light,
and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
Its gates shall not be shut at all by day, there shall be no night there.”

And God says in Revelation 22:3-6
“And there shall be no more curse,
the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it,
and His servants shall serve Him.
They shall see His face …
There shall be no night there:
They need no lamp nor light of the sun,
And they shall reign forever and ever.
Then he said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true.’
And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel
to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.”
Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness

This Easter, as we celebrate the fact that the “Son rose” … remember, one day soon, we will celebrate the “Sun rise”.

Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness

Jesus will come again.


Bible verse Jesus second coming the Sun of righteousness