June 30

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

In this passage, Jesus tells us how he destroyed death and how we will survive it.  Jesus is the antidote for death.  Nevertheless, death and the law condemned Jesus so that he had to die and be buried.  Yet Jesus rose again from the dead.

But how do we approach our Redeemer and Savior?  Do we approach him with personal sacrifice and religious rules?  No!  Just hold on to the Son in faith.  He has overcome death and stabbed the devil’s stomach.  Although he was crucified, under Anna and Caiaphas, Jesus will rule and reign.  So we must remain in him.  Then we will be able to tear right through death and the devil, for the passage says, “Whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  Accept it as true.  Accept this wonderful truth that God loved the world and say, “I believe in the Son of God, who was also the son of Mary, who was nailed the cross and lifted up.”  Then you will experience, the new birth.  Death and sin will no longer condemn you.  They will no longer bring you harm, sorrow, or pain.  Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life.

Cling to Christ’s neck, or hold on to his clothes.  This means believing that Jesus became a man and suffered for you.  Make the sign of the cross and say, “I am a Christian, and I will prevail.”  Death won’t prevail.  Death couldn’t hold on to Christ.  “It was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24) because deity and humanity were united in one person, Jesus Christ.  In the same way, we won’t remain dead.  We will destroy death if we remain in faith and cling to the destroyer of death, Jesus Christ.

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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