More Than This

My, Devotion to Him #296

Verse Passage: John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – ESV.

The idea of death is to some terrifying. Many do not like to talk about death, the end, passing away, what’s next, etc. So we turn to jokes and comedy that poke fun at death to keep it at a safe distance and reduce the impact it has on us. Some choose to ignore it entirely and think that if we decide not to talk about it, we can live longer and possibly delay it long enough for some advanced technology to come around to keep us alive forever. We can’t all choose between just these, so some turn to the romantics and grab hold of the death. Candles are lit daily; pictures adorn walls and tables. Graveside visits are almost an obsession with keeping a loved one close. Lastly, there is fear. You might notice some of these people as they shelter their lives to reduce the chance of dying.

The good news is death is not the end any longer! Jesus has defeated death, so we now only pass from one life to the next. Jesus says because He lives, we will live also. The only thing that remains is, “do you believe this?”

He came, died, and rose again to change your destination! As phenomenal as that is, we still must choose to believe. There is still the requirement on our end to confess that Jesus is Lord. A confession that He did die and rose again. An admission that He did live a sinless life and was born from a virgin. A commitment to follow as Him! The requirement is we must repent for how we have lived. Repent for the sins that we have committed. 

When we choose to believe and allow Him to reign over our lives, we are told that we will live—passing from one life to the next. Things don’t go black, and book closed. No! It is paradise that awaits us. Earth was created for us to live in but not forever. The Father is waiting for His children to dwell forever with Him.

We no longer have to fear death or try to poke fun at death because we aren’t sure about the end. There is no longer a need to try and keep loved ones who are gone from us. Those who have believed in Him are now enjoying the glorious place that awaits us. We miss them, and yes, we can remember them but refusing to let them go is not doing any good to yourself. Let these moments be times for us to draw unto Him.

Let’s look forward to that place He has prepared and live this life without worry because we are never guaranteed another breath.

Death will meet us all but no longer has the power to detain us. Death may get our bodies that is and will always be true. However, the King will receive our spirit. It is Him who will transform us into perfection, and we will remain forever and ever with the Holy One!

God bless,

Copyright © 2022 by Jacob Olinger

3 thoughts on “More Than This

  1. What is EVS? Is this supposed to be a different version of the Bible. John 3:16 just sounded wrong.

    1. Jenn, that you for your response.
      The Bible version used is ESV
      (English Standard Version)

      ESV is like KJV, NKJV, NIV, NLT, etc.
      Some of these have the philosophy of (thought for thought) or (word for word) and each bible version having their own balances of accuracy.

      As far as John 3:16 goes (which was not covered in this devotional) still seems to capture what is being said.

      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ESV

      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” KJV

      Thank you again for your response.

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