Facing Our Ultimate Void: Mortality
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  • 1. … ss Void ele rth ve ne Jesus
  • 2. mo rta Void lity facing our ultimate
  • 3. A Christmas Tragedy In 1995, just ten days before Christmas, EBCLA leaders Art and Sharon Yokoi died on the way home from a Christmas party. Their seven-year-old daughter Stephanie was asleep in the back seat and survived. Their funeral was held just a few days before Christmas.
  • 4. Christmas and Death Your Name Here Matthew 4:16 “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
  • 5. ROMANS 623 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 6. Matthew 22 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2 They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him.”
  • 7. Matthew 23 When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. 4 So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ was going to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said, 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah. A ruler will come out of you. He will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’” (Micah 5:2)
  • 8. Matthew 27 Then Herod called for the Wise Men secretly. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go! Make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, bring me a report. Then I can go and worship him too.”
  • 9. Matthew 29 After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when they were in the east went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11 The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh. 12 But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.
  • 10. Matthew 213 When the Wise Men had left, Joseph had a dream. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to him. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you to come back. Herod is going to search for the child. He wants to kill him.” 14 Joseph got up. During the night, he left for Egypt with the child and his mother Mary. 15 They stayed there until King Herod died. So the words the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true. He had said, “I chose to bring my son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1)
  • 11. Matthew 216 Herod realized that the Wise Men had tricked him. So he became very angry. He gave orders concerning Bethlehem and the area around it. All the boys two years old and under were to be killed. This agreed with the time when the Wise Men had seen the star.
  • 12. Matthew 217 In this way, the words the prophet Jeremiah spoke came true. He had said, 18 “A voice is heard in Ramah. It’s the sound of crying and deep sadness. Rachel is crying over her children. She refuses to be comforted, because they are gone.” (Jeremiah 31:15)
  • 13. Gethsemane Jesus is no stranger to our fear of dying
  • 14. “[A]fter birth, death is the one absolutely unavoidable experience, the one we finally cannot ignore.” James Loder, The Transforming Moment (85)
  • 15. “What does it mean to be a self-conscious animal? The idea is ludicrous, if it is not monstrous. It means to know that one is food for worms.” Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death, 1973
  • 16. “[The lower animals] live in a world without time, pulsating, as it were, in a state of dumb being. This is what has made it so simple to shoot down whole herds of buffalo or elephants. The animals don't know that death is happening and continue grazing placidly while others drop alongside them. The knowledge of death is reflective and conceptual, and animals are spared it. They live and they disappear with the same thoughtlessness: a few minutes of fear, a few seconds of anguish, and it is over. But to live a whole lifetime with the fate of death haunting one's dreams and even the most sun-filled days—that's something else.” (Ibid.)
  • 17. God has given us a way to live in the shadow of death without being overwhelmed by the fear of our dying one day.
  • 18. JOHN 316 God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! (CEV)