Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dead to sin-Thoughts on the Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 16 from Kevin DeYoung

“Jesus Christ died for our sins. God’s justice demanded it, and His burial testifies to it. Jesus did not swoon or slip into a coma or fall asleep on the cross. He died-stone-cold dead and buried. But why then do we still die? If Christ’s death meant the death of death and paid in full the penalty for our sin, why do one hundred out of one hundred Christians still die? Death is our entrance into eternal life. We know that.

But have you ever stopped to think that death also puts an end to our sinning? I don’t think I’ve ever comforted the dying with this thought. But I should. When a loved one dies of cancer or some debilitating disease, we often hear how “they fought bravely for many years, and now the fight is over and her suffering has ended.” We ought to say the same thing about spiritual disease: “She loved the Lord with all her heart and fought against indwelling sin for the past forty years. Now the fight is over and she has overcome.”

Granted, there are aspects of dying that frighten us. But the Catechism reminds us of an aspect of the good news that we often forget. After death, we won’t think another proud thought, we won’t snap at our children again, we won’t face another temptation to lust ever again. What sweet relief.” via the Logos Bible Android app.