Between the dead and the living

Numbers 16:47-48
47 Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people.
48 And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.

Every one of us is dying. That is the utter truth. Physically, our bodies are winding down like an old grandfather clock. Some will be taken “early” by disease or calamity, but in the end our bodies must die. However, those who are “born again” in the Savior, Christ Jesus, will have eternal life. And one day those believers will be bodily resurrected. As my old pastor used to say, “Born twice, die once. Born once, die twice.”

Even a non-believer can see that we live in a stubborn and willful society that rebels against purity and righteousness. The opportunity is here for this generation to repent and believe in Jesus Christ, and more do come to Him every day. But when we say that Jesus Himself stands between the dead and the living, how many people really understand that? We’re not talking about a matter of degree here, folks, we’re talking literally about either living forever in Christ or being utterly, finally, and eternally dead. As Moses told the Israelites:

Deuteronomy 30:15
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,…”

It really is that simple a choice. We can spout John 3:16 all we want, but when we present the gospel, we need to make it completely clear that those who do NOT believe in Christ WILL perish and NOT have eternal life. On one side will be those living through Christ, and on the other side NO ONE will be left standing at all.

Precious Lord God, I praise You today for your sovereign mercy and unending grace. I thank You for the opportunity You have given me to be saved through Your beloved Son. Help me, O Lord, to share your gospel boldly, never shying away from the truth that we are given a choice between life and death. I choose You, Lord Jesus. I choose life. Amen.


About Glenn Pettit

I am a deacon at The Well of Iowa, and a father and grandfather. Called to teach and to preach, I write fresh messages about the Bible every now and then.
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