Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Matter of the Heart

Fred G. Sanford, portrayed by Redd Foxx on the TV sitcom Sanford and Son, was always claiming to be having "the big one". Can't you just see him clutching his heart with his arth-a-ritus-riddled hand, and hollering out to his deceased wife Elizabeth? On the show, he had the "big one" at least two or three times a week. Watching him in re-runs still cracks me up! Ironically in 1991, he did have the "big one". While filming on the set of a new comedy show, Foxx suffered a massive heart attack. Sadly, He was pronounced dead a short time later.

We have all heard that there are two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. We may not be able to get around the taxes part, but death has already been conquered by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For Christians, death is only a temporary stage through which we pass. By accepting God's only Son Jesus, the Bible promises that we, too, will have victory over death. Jesus is our eternal hope for everlasting life. It is a gift that God has offered to every one of us. Instead of us hanging on that Cross, Christ took the pain and suffering from us. He died in our place, but God raised Him from the grave! He will raise us from it, too. With Jesus as our Savior, we will never need to fear the "big one".

Jesus said in John 11:25-26, "I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet he shall live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."

Father, thank you for loving us enough to send Your precious Son Jesus. I am a sinner. I claim the blood of Christ! In Jesus name, Amen.