READ: Ecclesiastes 10, John 5, Revelation 21 NO MORE DEATH A colleague was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. This man moved with his family to exalt Jesus among precious Libyans and was murdered as he jogged yesterday morning. For him there is the glorious presence of Jesus; for his friends and family there…

READ: Psalm 84, Hosea 13, Luke 12,  2 Corinthians 3 DEATH’S GLORY Pilgrimage is a good thing. Our ultimate destination (the unbroken and unrestrained presence of Jesus) requires us to pass through the valley of death, not just its shadow. Heaven is real and most of us are going to have to die to get there. Referring…

READ: 1 Chronicles 1-3, Psalm 116, Matthew 27, Hebrews 1 LIFE BY PROXY  Jim Elliot and friends had no idea how many would be called into missions as a result of their sacrificial death. Our deaths can have a profoundly positive effect on others. Our deaths even have resurrection power. When Jesus “yielded up His…

READ: 2 Kings 7-9, Psalm 109, Matthew 20, 2 Timothy 2 IT’S ONLY DEATH  Four leprous men of Israel make three profound statements. The first is: “Why are sitting here until we die” (2 Kings 7:3)? The Syrians surround the city, the people are starving, and the lepers come to the conclusion they have another option…

READ: 1 Samuel 16-18, Psalm 86, John 18, Philippians 1 DEATH GAIN  Jesus, knowing all things that would come upon Him (suffering and death), “went forward” (John 18:4) to drink the cup the Father gave Him (v. 11) for He accepted that it was expedient for one man to die for the people (v. 14). If…

READ: Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 53, Luke 9, 1 Corinthians 9 DEATH ACCOMPLISHED As Jesus prays, His face is altered (Luke 9:29). Moses and Elijah (glorified by death) appear to Jesus and speak to Him about “His decease, which He was about to accomplish” (v. 31). Jesus descends the mountain encouraged again to die well. Death…

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