Today in America we read about death of teens by overdose, violence, or suicide. There is a cry to troubled souls to die. To end all the pain and sadness. This voice speaks of a high that will erase the darkness of life but hides the truth of this path which leads to addiction and overdose.
A voice cries out no hope.
The voice speaks of the comfort of ending the pain. How many of our students and your young friends at school have heard the call to end life. It screams in a false love and false compassion to find peaceful sleep but in reality there is nothing peaceful about suicide for the one in the act or the remaining family. But the cry goes out still today. “hear me and find peace, release and relief. Do you know someone who listened to that call? Most people do. It is a painful reminder of wolves seeking sheep to be drawn away and consumed. John 10:10 speaks of the owner of the voice to die. It is Satan and he is called a thief. One that takes hope and life. “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy”.
But there is also another voice.
The voice of life. The voice of protections and healing. It is the voice of all creation. The one who says “Lazarus, come forth” and out of death and bondage comes life and hope. John 10:10 continues with the words “BUT I have come to give you LIFE and that life abundantly”.
So how can we protect our minds and hearts from the voice of death and destruction? We must do what the Israelites did when the death angel came to Egypt in Exodus 11:4-7 ‘So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.
Exodus 11:7 is a strange verse stating in the mist of death and misery there could be a peacefulness so calm that not even a dog would bark at a person or animal. Now that is peaceful. Dog’s bark at the very least of disturbances. What did the Israelites do to find this peace? The answer is found in the next chapter. Exodus 12:1-7 instructs them to sacrifice a young lamb and take some of the blood and place it on the sides and mantel of their entrance doors” God said in Exodus 12:12-13 “when I see the blood I will pass over you”. The blood became protection from the death angel.
Today we can be protected from the cry to death by calling out to Christ to become a Christian. By applying His blood to the doors of our heart through faith and following Christ we are protected from the cries to die. With the blood of Christ on your heart you can have such a peaceful rest at night as a dog who does not bark.
There are two cries in our world. Come and die and come and live. One causes destruction and pain and the other brings peace and life. Many people have overcome the cry to death by the blood of Christ and a life of following him.
Whose cry do you hear? Hear Christ say “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Listen to the call of Christ and from your heart call back to Him and you will find peace, comfort and a lightnside.