Ecclesiastes 3: Life and Death

Monday, January 15, 2018

"A time to be born, and a time to die." Ecclesiastes 3:2a KJV

New life is an amazing thing. The way a mother's body adapts to the baby's needs while he's in the womb and when he enters the world is great evidence to point toward a God who created us.

There is a time for birth; when a mother starts to come full term in her pregnancy, she knows the day will be very soon.

The Bible talks about another kind of birth: a spiritual birth.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 KJV
In order to be placed in God's kingdom, and inherit eternal life, you have to be born again. But this time, instead of with water, you have to be born with the Spirit of God.

There's some interesting parallels between being born as a baby and being born into God's family. I think that's one of the reasons God uses the word born to refer to salvation.
Sure, we can guess when someone will have their little baby and we can sometimes see when someone is more soft to the gospel message, but we can't tell exactly when someone will be born. Only God knows if and when someone will choose to place his eternal destiny in the hands of God.
When a baby is born, he has nothing, and I mean nothing outside of his own body. He doesn't come with clothes and toys and a crib right off. It's the same with our spiritual birth. We can't bring our works to help with our salvation. We have nothing to offer God. Thankfully our salvation isn't based on works!
A baby can't dress or feed himself when he is first born. He's got to grow a little before he's mature enough to care for himself. In spiritual birth, we also need some help. We've got to be lead by good spiritual leaders who will disciple us and help us grow in the Lord.
While birth is a joyous occasion, we often see death as a negative occasion. Death is unknown, and it scares us.

But for a Christian, death shouldn't be a scary thing. We know where our Christian friends and relatives are going (as well as ourselves!). Yes, there will be a time of grieving, but we grieve differently the world around us. We grieve because we will miss those people but ultimately rejoice that we will one day see them again.

The world has no such hope.

Everyone will physically be born and everyone will physically die one day (unless the rapture happens, of course), but we have the choice to be born again so we don't have to fear death.

Do you have that hope?
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 KJV

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