“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (from the Letter to the Romans, chapter 8).
When God (through His servant Paul) calls His people “more than conquerors,” He isn’t talking about blessings and security in this life. No, the victory that belongs to followers of Christ is the same victory that Christ won for us when He rose from the grave: we are conquerors over sin, the evil one, and death. Because the Father has given us to the Son, because the Son has purchased us on the cross, by His precious blood, and because the Holy Spirit has united us to God by faith in Jesus Christ, we are secure in Him. Nothing can break the bond.
As the Apostle John writes in Revelation 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’”
My friends, please pay attention! The tragic fate of the 148 Kenyan college students is, one way or another, the inevitable fate of each and every one of us. We are headed for physical death–one day you and I will draw our last breath. The only, only thing that will matter when your heart stops beating is the one thing that matters most now: who is Jesus Christ to you?
Has He saved you? Has He given you a new life, one that will last forever? To die in the Lord, Scripture says, is “blessed.” Every believer in Jesus, who was killed in Kenya, is right now before the throne of God Himself, “resting from their labors.” Do you know that rest? Do you know Jesus? Is He your only hope in life and in death?
We are all going to die. But to live and die without knowing Him–that would be the real tragedy.