It has been said that we cannot avoid death and taxes. Thatâs not entirely true. People can avoid taxesâbut not death. They might be able to put death off a few years, but sooner or later, death always comes. And because we know that the dead, both the righteous and the wicked, end up in the same place at first, our hope of the resurrection means everything to us. As Paul has said, without this hope, even âthose who have fallen asleep in Christ have perishedâ (1 Corinthians 15:18, NKJV), which is a rather strange thing to say if those who âhave fallen asleep in Christâ are buzzing about heaven in the presence of God.
Thus, Christâs resurrection is central to our faith, because in His resurrection we have the surety of our own. But before Christ was resurrected from the dead, He, of course, had to die. This is why, amid the agony of Gethsemane, in anticipation of His death, He prayed: â âNow My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? âFather, save Me from this hourâ? But for this purpose I came to this hourâ â (John 12:27, NKJV). And that purpose was to die.
This week we will focus on Christâs death and what it means for the promise of eternal life.
Panel: Jeff Nicholson, Clive Ferguson, Michael Baker
Hosted by: Lorraine McDonald
Aired: Saturday 5 November 2022 9am-11am