Afraid to Die – Gospel of John

Larry King Oct 2015

Television talkshow mogul Larry King announced in 2011 his fear of death. Today he consumes various concoctions to prolong his life and hold off the Grim Reaper. He does have a plan, however, if he dies. If that day comes, King will have his body frozen until medical science discovers a cure for whatever kills King.

In a 2015 New York Times interview, King added that “at least if he knows he will be frozen he will die with a shred of hope … other people have no hope.”

King’s hope is temporal and iffy. It’s a cross-your-fingers wish. It’s for a continuation of this life in this world. Jesus promised something much more.

Jesus said, I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He [God in human flesh] you will die in your sins (John 8:24).

Death is the result of sin. It’s the penalty God warned Adam and Eve would happen if they disobeyed Him (Genesis 2:17). That same penalty has been passed on to every man, woman, and baby born since (Romans 5:12). Death is the inevitable punishment to all who sin. It is the source of all that is wrong in this world. It is the cause of death (Romans 6:23).

The only hope for eternal life is for sin’s power to die; Jesus said that is possible only through believing in Him. This is why Jesus went to the cross and died a death He did not warrant. He died that our sins might be put to death and His own life might become ours.

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