Death is our great, inescapable enemy, for we are all destined to die and then face judgment (see Ecclesiastes 7:2; Hebrews 9:27). And we were without hope, that is, until Easter morning.

Read John 11:21-27. Since Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, men and women have stood helplessly before death, not knowing what to do. We are powerless before it. Death comes. Death takes. We can’t stop it.

Throughout history, different cultures have tried to cope with death in a variety of ways. For example, my ancestors, the ancient Egyptians, tried to preserve their bodies by mummifying them. They placed gold and other prized possessions in their tombs, hoping that one day the soul of the deceased would come back to their body. But the only people who came back were the robbers who stole the gold and sold the artifacts.

Others in Asia came up with a theory called reincarnation. If you live a good life, you can come back as a higher being. But if you don’t live a good life, you come back as a cockroach. It’s a great deterrent, but it’s a hoax.

All of this hocus pocus is mankind’s attempt to deal with death. But their efforts are ineffective and, ultimately, irrelevant. God has already provided a way to overcome death and the grave, and His name is Jesus.

When Jesus healed the sick and the lame, He was giving people a glimpse of His Kingdom, a Kingdom with no brokenness, pain, or suffering. When He raised people from the dead, He was demonstrating His divine authority over all creation, even death. And when He died on the cross and rose again, He ushered in the new covenant of His blood by which we can enter the Most Holy Place as children of God (see Hebrews 10:19-21). It is just as Jesus revealed to Martha before raising Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

If you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible says that “you have been raised with Christ” (Colossians 3:1), meaning you have been given new life, here and now. But it also means that, just like Christ, you will rise from the grave, never to die again (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-23).

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the promise of eternal life in glory with You. Help me to face death with great faith so that I too can say, “Death, where is your sting?” I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“[W]hoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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