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Are You Scared?

Posted in Halloween with tags on October 1, 2008 by evangelist

 

What could be more terrifying than all the horrors of Halloween? What is scarier than all the ghosts, goblins, vampires, witches, demons, and devils? How about the reality that faces us all:

 

 
 

DEATH

 

On this night when we are surrounded by all things ghoulish let’s not forget that death is real. Why do people die? Death is a result of sin. Everyone who sins will die and since every one of us has sinned then every one of us will die.

 

 

“The soul who sins will die.”

 

“All have sinned

and fall short

of the glory of God.”

 

(Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 3:23)

 

 

We have all fallen short of the glory of God. He is so glorious and so holy, perfect, and pure that no one who sins can stand in His presence. He has declared that the penalty for sin is death and eternal judgment in hell. All the terrors of Halloween are nothing in comparison to the wrath of God toward sin.

 

 

“The wages of sin is death.”

 

“It is appointed for

man to die once,

and after that comes judgment.”

 

(Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27)

 

 

Is there any escape from certain death and judgment? Yes! The good news is that God has provided a gift of free grace. To reconcile us to Himself He has sent a substitute for sinners. He sent Someone else to pay the penalty for sin. Who did He send? He sent us His only Son, Jesus Christ.

 

 

“For God so loved

the world that He gave

His only Son,

that whoever

believes in Him

should not perish

but have eternal life.”

 

(John 3:16)

 

Jesus lived a perfect life, He never sinned, and He was not deserving of death. He knew that we could not pay the debt we owe for our sin so He willingly paid the penalty in full for those who believe by offering Himself as a sacrifice on the cross.

 

 

“God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

(Romans 5:8)

 

 

Jesus suffered the full wrath of God when paying the penalty for sin. To show that He was satisfied with the payment, God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. Hundreds of people saw Him alive after His resurrection.

 

 

“Whom He raised from the dead, Jesus,

who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

 

(1 Thessalonians 1:10)

 

 

To be rescued from sin, death, and hell Jesus invites us to come to Him and commands that we repent of our sin (to turn away from it and reject it) and believe in Him. We confess our sin to Him and trust Him to forgive us.

 

 

“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.”

 

(Romans 10:9)

 

In order to help us follow Him and obey His Word, Jesus promises to give us the Holy Spirit to guide us, teach us, comfort us, convict us of sin, and convince us of the truth of His Word.

 

 

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”

 

(John 16:13)

 

 

Halloween is scary. Death is scarier. The thought of paying for our own sin is unimaginable! Have you obeyed the command of the Lord Jesus? Have you repented and believed in Him? If so, you have nothing to fear because He promises to forgive you and give you eternal life with the Father.

 

 

“Jesus said to him,

‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.

No one comes

to the Father

except through Me.’”

 

“I am the resurrection

and the life.

Whoever believes in Me,

though he die,

yet shall he live.”

 

(John 14:6; John 11:25)

 

 

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