The Defeat of Death
O Beloved, what a privilege to share with you at this season—when the message of Easter is so very special to me—and share how God has sustained me in Jack’s homegoing.
When Jack, my husband of 51 years, “died” early in the morning this past January 2017, he didn’t really die. He simply departed—leaving his body behind. Why do I say departed instead of died? Because God’s Word tells us Jesus abolished death; the agony of death is gone!
Look at 2 Timothy 1:9-10: “[God] who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel . . .”
And according to the Book of Acts, Jesus took the agony out of death. Peter explained it to a multitude of Jews on the Day of Pentecost. Why don’t you read it aloud so you can hear for yourself the truth God has preserved for you and for all who will listen to Him:
“. . . this Man [speaking of Jesus], delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power” (Acts 2:23-24).
Death is gone—agony is gone. Death for us is simply a departure from our bodies that lands us in the very presence of the Father and Son. Peter and Paul referred to it as “my departure” (2 Peter 1:14-15 and 2 Timothy 4:6). Isn’t that encouraging?
This is why I say Jack departed rather than died. Because this is what the Word of God says happens to those who genuinely believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God!
This, Beloved, is what the true celebration of Easter—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ—is all about.
Death has been abolished for those who have been saved.
And yet, Friend, do you realize how hard life is for those who live in darkness apart from His light of life? It’s a taste of hell on earth—and hell to come if there’s no repentance that leads to faith.
Jesus made it clear what true repentance is and what you must do to be saved. He said in Mark 8:34b-3, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Oh, my friend, is there anything keeping you from surrendering your life to Christ? Is there anything you are holding on to and you’re not willing to give it up? Let it go, turn from it, and let Christ be the Lord of your life. You will be brand new. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says,
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
How amazing, how marvelous, how miraculous, that we can be reconciled to God. Let this Easter be the Easter that you’re set free, free from the slavery of sin.
None us know how long we have. My precious Jack passionately followed Christ until the day he departed from this life to heaven. And now he is in the presence with the Lord. What a comfort to know and stand on the truth from Revelation 21:3:
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Don’t miss what Easter is truly all about.
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Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to the Scriptures has influenced thousands to use the Inductive Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her distinguished Christian character, Bible teaching, championing of the Inductive Bible Study Method, and national radio and television programs motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is for people to be established in God’s Word.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.
God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay’s and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. The ministry they founded in 1970 became Precept Ministries International where they served together as CO-CEOs until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David assumed the role of CEO. Both Kay and Jack are still actively working at the Ministry.
As one of the principal Bible teachers at Precept Ministries, Kay speaks extensively domestically and internationally teaching the Word of God and the Inductive Bible Study Method. She has taught in many countries including Israel, India, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Taiwan, England, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Scotland, Ukraine, Germany, Guatemala, Poland, and South Africa.
Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life™, a daily television, radio, and online program which takes the student through the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Precepts for Life has an audience reach of over 75 million households and broadcasts into over 30 countries.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.Kay Arthur