Delivered from the Fear of Death

The text for our devotion comes from Hebrews 2:14-15, the extended Epistle reading for this week. 

[14] Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, [15] and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

This is such a powerful passage for people struggling with the pandemic.

As Christians our response of COVID-19 is shaped by our knowledge of what happens after death.  Hebrews 2:14-15 provides reassurance that Jesus has overcome death. Therefore, we don’t fear death as many who do not know Christ fear death. This confidence has provided opportunities to witness about Christ to friends and family who were struggling with the fear of COVID-19.  

Some Christians assume we should only witness about Christ to those who do not believe in Jesus. The Bible never limits who should hear about Jesus. In fact, the world should hear the Good News of Jesus. Fellow believers can be encouraged by hearing what Jesus has done for them. I think is especially true for Christians who are fearful of COVID-19 because it can be fatal. 

Yes, it is possible to believe in Jesus yet still be fearful of death. We all struggle with our fallen natures. COVID-19 is exerting a great deal of influence over some believers.

Such brothers and sisters in Christ are already feeling the effects of the law; they need to hear the Gospel. It is an opportune time to remind them of God’s promises about eternal life such as John 3:16-17 and John 14:1-3. In addition, passages that address Jesus overcoming death are beneficial, such as Hebrews 2:14-15 or 1 Corinthians chapter 15. 

(These devotions are written for the churches of the Ohio District – LCMS)

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