During his sermon yesterday, my pastor - Bro. Warren Maxwell -
said, "I hate funerals!"

A big AMEN jumped out of my mouth!

I've done 156 funerals in 35 years of ministry.

And they remind me that life is BRIEF and UNCERTAIN!

But more than this, they remind me of the REASON!

SIN is the reason for physical death.

Rom. 5:12-15
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all
have sinned:
13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed
when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over
them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's
transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through
the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God,
and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ,
hath abounded unto many.

Light from the Word.

The "law" was not given until Moses (many, many years after Adam).
But "death reigned from Adam to Moses" and still reigns today!
That's because "...the wages of sin is death!" (Rom. 6:23)
From Adam to the very last person, physical death is the ultimate
result of sin!

The word "offence" is translated from the Greek paraptoma, which has the sense of FALL.
When Adam & Eve sinned, they fell from the grace of God, and
received the penalty of sin -- death.
But the "free gift" of God is eternal life through Christ our Lord.
(Rom. 6:23)
He came into the world bringing God's grace back to man!

Though the "offence" was by "one man," Adam (and fell upon
all mankind); the "gift" through Jesus Christ covers ALL "offenses," and is freely offered to ALL mankind.

Jesus is the "God-man" Who PAID for our offenses with His own blood.
And all that receive Him as Lord also receive the gift of eternal life
(John 3:16).

Death (by sin) "reigned"; (past tense)
But LIFE by Christ REIGNS! (present perfect tense)
And HIS life IN you reigns ETERNALLY over death!!

When a person surrenders to Christ, immortal death is taken
AWAY, and immortal LIFE is given!

Ain't God GOOD?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce