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Whoever loses it, wins something better!

That sounds rather contradictory does it not:" Whoever loses it, wins something better?" Who enjoys losing something? What does it mean? Jesus shows us: "Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 16,25. How can a person lose his life for Jesus Christ? Should he kill himself for Jesus? What was Jesus referring to when he said these words?

Each one of us has been given a life. We live it the way we want to and plan as according to what we think is best. In this life which is fashioned by our will we face both good and evil. One day, however, we will have to take the path which many people before us have already gone, death meet us head-on. Relentless and merciless, it seems that death fears no one. Death does not take our plans and our opinions into consideration, it comes, moving in when it wants and we as humans stand there powerless and helpless to do anything about it. The life which we received and dearly want to hold on to has to yield to death's power.

The preacher writes: "There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death." Ecc. 8,8 Death is the door to eternity. Death is the end of physical body but not the end of soul and spirit (Luke 16,22-24). After death there is the judgment (Hebrews 9,27). Death portrays the image of being great and mighty, having no enemies to resist and defeat it. Jesus Christ is the eternal life, death could not hinder him. Jesus of Nazareth is able to raise the dead (Luke 7,22; 8,53-56). With people it was only a question of hours until death swallowed them up, we see how Jesus Christ steps in and even death has to give way. Death has no power over the spirit of Jesus!

Jesus promises eternal life to those who do his will (Acts 5,32). Give your own life to Jesus Christ; your plans, do it now so long as there is still time. Ask Jesus Christ daily to lead you. In order to receive this eternal life you have to be baptized like it says in the Bible, in water in the name of Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2,38). "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10,39

by Pastor Raymond Wey

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