TITLE: The Uninvited Visitor
By Patricia Protzman
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“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NIV)
The Uninvited Visitor
Death visited our house today and took our beloved dog Molly. We thought she was asleep, but as my husband and I approached her, we could see she was gone. Life will not be the same without her comforting presence. Today, my memory returns to the day we first saw Molly.
She came to us thirteen years ago as a three-month-old mixed black Labrador retriever. A friend of mine had adopted her from the local SPCA to be company for her other dog, Petie. After bringing her home, Amy realized she had made a mistake. Petie and this dog did not get along well at all. Amy called me and asked if we were interested in adopting her. She described the dog as three months old, beautiful, black and friendly. Without telling my husband, I asked her to bring the dog to our house. Once he saw her, I was sure he would change his mind and want to keep her. We had lost our fourteen-year-old Cockapoo a few months earlier and my husband did not feel he was ready for another dog yet, but I was.
My friend Amy arrived and I went outside to meet her. The dog was beautiful. Her coat was black and shiny, bright black eyes, and a peppy and lovable personality. Taking the dog from Amy, we went into the house where my husband was sitting on the couch.
I said, “Oh, look who I have. Isn’t she is beautiful?”
My husband gave me an, I know what you are up to look, as I placed the dog on his lap. She immediately laid her head on his hand and cuddled up to him. He started petting her and she reciprocated by licking him all over his face.
“See, she loves you. Let’s keep her.”
“Oh, ok, she is nice” he replied, laughing and petting the dog. That day, he named her Molly and we welcomed a new member to our family.
Throughout the next thirteen years, she was a loyal friend and helped us to get through some bad times. I lost my dad and two grandchildren within a five-year period and Molly was a comfort and joy to us. We will miss her.
Death is an uninvited visitor and never welcome. Every living being on Earth has to die a physical death, because of sin in the Garden of Eden long ago. As time goes on, everyone and everything ages. One day you wake up, see the gray hair, wrinkled face and body and wonder where did all the years go. When you are young, time seems to move at a snails pace, but as you get older, time passes quickly.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin and death entered in. God prepared an immediate covering. He had to kill innocent animals for their skins to provide garments to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness. His provision for their lost souls was to send His sinless son Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to die for our sins so we would be reconciled to God and have eternal life. Christ shed his blood to provide a covering of mans sins. This would be the final sacrifice. He took our place. God told Eve, “...I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NIV).
The Bible tells us we are all sinners and God loves us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ as a substitute to pay for our sins some two thousand years ago and arose three days later. He sits on the right-hand of God making intercession for us. The scriptures call Jesus Christ the Great Physician and Lamb of God, among many other names. He is God’s greatest gift to mankind, we have no other hope of forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God. (John 14:6 NIV) says, “...I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Gospel, Word of God reveals
God’s great love of sinful mankind
always seeking calling ‘come back.’
The final sacrifice His Son
Jesus Christ God in the flesh came.
Sinless, He suffered, shed His blood
died. He Arose! Defeating death.
The price was paid accept the gift.
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