20 December 2011

Born To Die

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (KJV)

A friend of ours has a saying that too many birthdays will kill you! On the other hand, the more of them you have, the longer you live!

In the Garden of Eden, the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, made a choice that impacted all of humanity. In Genesis 3:3, God had warned them that if they ate of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, that they would die. They took of the forbidden fruit and were cast out of the garden, lest they take of the Tree of Life and live forever (verses 22-24).

Since that time, all babies are born to die. It says in Hebrews 9:27 that it is appointed unto men once to die. After the flood the life-span of human beings was shortened from the amazing nearly 1,000 years of men like Methuselah,to the typical three-score years and ten mentioned in Psalm 90:10.

And so, you were born to die. But that is not the end of the story. Jesus, the Son of God, was born as a human baby. He was also born to die—for you and for me. Revelation 13:8 says he was slain from the foundation of the world. He was born, the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), to die for the sins of all, so that we may live forever.

Read again the title scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22: “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Jesus, talking to Nicodemus in John 3:3 says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” We were born to die, but “born again” to live!

Prayer
How great Thou art, what amazing grace, O Lord my God, who was born to die that I might live!
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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