Gerry Gutierrez' Update
Death is gain.
Matthew 27: 45- 56.
A taste of heaven changes our view of death.
It is by given up that you gain just us keeping is that you lose. The shortest road is the longest road, just as the fastest way is the slowest way. Humility is true strength while pride is true weakness. Take these truths in childlikeness. By living one remains alone, while dying one is fruitful as the grain of wheat that must die, otherwise it remains alone.
“Death is gain”
When Jesus died, life sprang up immediately, as the tombs were open and the dead raised as the first fruits among the living. After Jesus's resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
“Death is gain.”
I order to be alive the body needs the spirit but in order to have a life the body must give up the spirit, therefore death is a transitionary state, whereby the body and the spirit are separated and the Spirit gains freedom from the confinement in the body of death. “The body is weak but the spirit is willing”. The letter of the law kills, while the spirit of the law brings life.
Life is a person and that person is Jesus. When Jesus became sin for us, he could not at the same time be in God. It is to Jesus as “Sin” that God turned his back and that was the death of Jesus that came to him moments before he gave up the Spirit and breathed his last breath.
The death of Jesus should not be taking as the stop breathing. Death to Jesus arrived to him before he stops breathing. It came when his father was separated from him in true abandonment, a sinful man and a Holy God could not co-exist as one. Jesus was truly forsaken by God long enough to fulfill the requirements of the law and justice of God on behalf of man.
The death of Jesus was our execution as fellows by the only one who has the right to kill. If it is recorded in the words of his own son, is for us as a testimony of the love of God expressed in the next words.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whosoever believeth I him may not perish but have everlasting life.
“This is Gospel truth.” The body of Jesus, separated from the Spirit was left on the cross, lifeless or without LIFE, or without Jesus. It was to the dead body that the Roman soldiers speared on his side. Later Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus placed the body of Jesus in the tomb, while Jesus in a twinkling of an eye was very much alive and taking care of his promise to a repentant thief to whom he has promised:
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
“Death is gain”
The first want to gain the benefits of the death of Jesus was the dying thief, and that by grace alone, so no one can boast from the first of the last.
“Salvation is of the Lord alone”.
In obedience to prophecy and predestined before the foundation of the World, Jesus was delivered to accomplish on the cross the work of redemption and resurrection to bear fruit. The word of God and his will is bound to prevail immutably, precisely, exactly, unchangeably, irresistibly, faithfully, reliably and more precisely than the constant of the speed of light.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but his words will never pass away. The Lord is faithful to his word. God said, the soul who sins will die. That's also gospel truth. That is the justice of God. It will be so and no other way. All have sinned. There is no one good, not even one.
Therefore, all are under condemnation and ready to face the wrath of God in eternal separation from God. But God, who is rich in mercy and full of compassion; “So loved the world that he gave up his son for us to die on our place in order to satisfy his own just on legal requirements.
In Jesus we died to no longer live for ourselves but Jesus in us as the hope of glory. That's why for us the redeemed, to live is Christ and to die is gain. We no longer live but Christ lives in us. God is love and because of his love we are saved. It is the love of God that constrains me to love him and those he love. I am deeply thankful to the love of God for me in Jesus. I know he loves me and loves me totally. But what keeps me firm and secure in his love, is the justice of God, whereby I know that God is faithful to his promises of rewards and punishments and also to disciplines as a father who did not spare his own son.
Therefore he will not spare me in his great love as a father from discipline. It is God’s will is for me to be holy like him and humble like Jesus his son. It is snowing the justice of God that I have come to fear the Lord as the beginning of wisdom. It is in that fear and by grace I know that death is gain and to live is Christ. I trust his word and I want more than anything else to be a witness of Jesus as Jesus was the witness of his father. Pray that my life be fruitful, by life or by death.