O Beloved, what a privilege to write to 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, 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). 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. Your generous gift today will help provide Precept resources so others can experience for themselves the hope that Easter represents.
I also pray for you to understand Easter like never before. So for your gift of any amount, I want to send you the 40-Minute study, Jesus: Understanding His Death and Resurrection. It will make Easter so much more significant and it will enable you to minister to others in this strategic season.
May you live full, may you live well . . . and when the time comes, may you depart in peace and great anticipation of seeing your Lord and your God face to face—hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
In His unfathomable love,
Precept Ministries International
P.S. O Beloved, I cannot tell you how knowing and studying the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has helped me live in incredible peace and strength in Jack’s homegoing. Please know when you send a generous gift today it will enable others to know Him as you and I know Him. For your gift of any amount, we’ll send you the 40-Minute study, Jesus: Understanding His Death and Resurrection. Don’t wait! This study is perfect for Easter!
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