THE LAST ENEMY Andy Hollifield 1-17-19
1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Isn’t that a comforting thought? The last enemy; can you even comprehend that? Imagine living in a land where death cannot enter. We don’t have to imagine it. It isn’t going to be long until we arrive on that shore. Revelation 21:4 says, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Did you notice that death was listed first in the list of things we won’t have any more? After that, sorrow, crying, and pain. What a blessed day that will be. When we finally make that crossing, we will leave death standing on the bank as we cross over, never to be pursued by it anymore. He has chased us since the day we were conceived but that day will be his last. Let that roll around in your mind for a minute. It’s too good to be able to comprehend but it sure is a blessing to try. It is only fitting for it to end that way. Death was the first enemy we all had starting in the womb and it will follow us all of our lives until we make the crossing.
Think about this one; a place without sorrow. Proverbs 15:3 says “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Have you been there? Have you had sorrow take the smile right off of your face and replace it with a frown and a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness? It is a sad place to be when your spirit is broken. You feel all alone and feel like no one else has ever been where you are. You want to be joyful but sorrow just won’t let you. It is in those times that our other enemy; Satan, will try to tell us that if God really loved us he wouldn’t allow something that terrible in our lives. Can I say that Satan is the father of lies? Trouble comes to everyone at some point. It is in those troubled times that God proves us and makes us a vessel fit for his use.
Imagine a place where you never cry anymore. You won’t want to because death and sorrow will be gone forever, never to invade your life again. There will not even be anymore pain. Aren’t pain, death, and sorrow, the things that make us cry anyway? If they are not there, we will have no reason to cry. I skipped over the first thing that will be missing; tears. Like I said, there will be nothing for us to cry about. Revelation 21:4 says, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” He will wipe away the last ones we will ever shed. Think about that one for a minute. Never to shed a tear again because there will be no death, pain, or sorrow, to cause us to cry. Psalms 30:5 makes us this promise: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
All of these promises are only for those that have accepted Christ as their personal Savior. You don’t get to go enjoy God’s land of heaven if you don’t know the one that paid our entry fee with his shed blood. The other option will be the polar opposite. It is already known for its darkness, weeping, pain, sorrow, and crying. If you think life is sometimes rocky down here; don’t take a chance with your eternal soul. Hell is an awful place beyond description. The good news is that we don’t have to go. Christ made that way of escape for us when he died on the cross and opened up the door. Then when that stone was rolled away from the tomb, that wasn’t the only door that was opened that day. When Christ died, the veil of the temple was torn into two pieces from the top to the bottom. That opened up the way for me and you to be forgiven. It opened from God down to man. That signifies the invitation for “whosoever will” to come to him. When the stone was rolled from the doorway of that tomb, it wasn’t for Jesus to get out but so that all humanity could get in. He had already came out.
No more tears, death, sorrow, crying, and pain. Did you notice something? There are five things that will cease to be when we get there. Five is the number of grace throughout the bible. If you have been saved by the grace of God, the place I have written about is the place you will be spending eternity. As a preacher friend of mine once said when someone told him that making a biblical stand could cost him his life; “Don’t threaten me with heaven!” Satan and the world might can kill us, but it will just get us there that much faster. That’s an appointment we are all going to keep if we don’t get raptured first. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!