By: Jennifer Arnold
Hebrews 2:10-18
Reflection—v. 15 ‘free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death’

Recently, my aunt came very close to death. She ended up on a ventilator for several days. After this, my mom told me that she never wants to be put on life support because she is not afraid of death. Although I am saddened by the thought of my mother’s eventual death, this conversation was also very freeing for me. Her freedom from fear, frees me to also be free from the fear of losing her or not doing everything in my power to prolong her life. In the same way, I believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection can free us from our fear of own fear of dying. Jesus’ death reminds us that when there is big enough love, death is not the final word. Resurrection reminds us that love will always win. When we rest in the truth of everlasting love that cannot die we are finally free.

Prayer: God of life, your love is big enough to free us all from the fear of death so that we may joyfully live every moment in your everlasting embrace.

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