"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..."
(PSALM 23:4)

Romans 8:1-4; 6:1-14

For the unbeliever, the fear of death can overshadow every other fear in life. The writer of Hebrews says that the fear of death enslaves (2:15). However, we humans have a great ability to deceive ourselves. We rationalize and refuse to speak about death. People may even mock death, but most often they will try to suppress its truth. Unless you’re a mortician or have attended an open-casket funeral, you may not have ever seen an actual dead body. Though death seems to be depicted more frequently on movie screens (desensitizing even young ones to its sting), the reality of death and the separation of the soul from the body is largely ignored.

Jesus came to release us from our fear of death. We all walk through the valley of its shadow daily. By His death, Jesus has destroyed death forever. The last enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26) will soon be no more. For the Christian, the grip of death’s slavery has been loosed. We are set free by the blood of our precious Savior, our “only comfort in life and in death.”




Scripture Focus

Romans 8:1-4; 6:1-14

Insight

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR THE NEW LIFE GIVEN FREELY TO US BY FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST. HE HAS DESTROYED FOREVER THE LAST ENEMY-DEATH.

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 45-46
  • Psalm 124
  • 2 Corinthians 2-3