What Do You Fear The Most?

Fear Of Death

Jesus has a deep intense desire to give you a gift so great you do not yet have the capabilities to conceive of it (1 Corinthians 2:9). But you can catch a glimpse of it in biblical metaphors and imagery and in moments when an experience of glory briefly transcends anything else here on earth.

Jesus longs so intensely for you to have this gift that He pleads with the Father to give it to you.

John 17:24 says, “Father, I desire that they also, who you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”

This supreme request is the great culmination of Jesus’s prayer in John 17. This gift is the reason why Jesus manifested the Father’s name to you, and gave you the Father’s words, and guards you so you will not be lost. It is why He prays that you will be kept from the evil one and know the joy of helping others believe in Him, and experience the sanctifying wonder of knowing and living the truth.

More than any other good thing Jesus asks from the Father for you, He wants you to be with Him forever. More than anything else, He wants you to see and savor the glory that the Father bestowed on Him from eternity. For He know that nothing else you will ever experience will provide you such profound and lasting joy and pleasure (Psalm 16:11).

But Jesus’s prayer fatuous come with a sober implication, one that may make you recoil, even fear. In fact, one day you might find yourself pleading with God to give you the very opposite of what Jesus wants for you. The answer to Jesus’s prayer eventually requires your physical death. Unless Jesus returns first, you must die before you experience the forever fullness of joy in His glorious presence.

We must endure what we hate and fear most in life in order to enjoy what we love and long for most.

Yes, we hate death and resist it – and we are right to do so. God originally creates us to live, not die. Death is a curse we bear, the tragic wages of rejecting God and His kingdom (Romans 6:23).

Nowhere in the Bible does it encourage us to view death itself as a good thing. Death is not a good thing. It’s a horrible, evil thing. Anyone who has watched love ones die can attest to it’s hideousness. Death is a mortal enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26).

You may ask yourself “how is death a gain?”

If death is a gain, why does God count precious the death of His saints (Psalm 116:5)? And why do His saints even call death a gain (Philippians 1:21)! Because in that most horrible, most evil moment of the death of the Son of God Himself, death as we fear it – the extinguishing of our ,life and the seeming loss of our soul and joy was killed. Jesus conquered our great enemy when He rose from the dead (Romans 4:25; Revelation 1:18), and will ultimately destroy death forever (1 Corinthians 15:26).

In facts it’s so powerful, so complete in Jesus’s defeat of death that He speaks of it as if Believers no longer even experience it:

I an 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

John 11:25-26

It isn’t death itself that is precious or gain to us. It’s the Resurrection and the Life, who has removed death’s sting and swallowed it up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54+55), in whom we are receiving an eternal inheritance beyond our wildest dreams (Ephesians 1:11), and in whose glorious presence we will experience unsurpassed joy forevermore (Psalm 16:11). He is precious to us. He is our great gain in death.

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