Choose Life: Easter 2005 and Terri Shiavo
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice: and that thou mayest cleave unto him, for he is thy life, and the length of thy days…” – (Du.30:19,20).
“And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?” (Mk.3:1-4).
“I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (Jn.11:25).
I’m preaching this sermon on Easter- 2005. This is God’s day of life for every man who gets saved by Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Easter is God’s hope and proof that you also can resurrect from death unto eternal life.
He proved He was God when His blood He shed
And He proved He was God when He raised from the dead.
With the bloody death of
Christ on the cross and His resurrection three days later, God was showing us what
he said in (Du.30) that the Lord “He is
thy life.” And that he has set before us life and death, blessing and cursing
chose life.” The cross and the resurrection show us “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Don’t
reject God’s precious gift of His Son by not repenting of your sins and getting
saved and born again by Christ. Because you then are under the curse instead of
the blessing and will be sentenced to eternal death in the
We have something else
happening during this Easter time that is also showing us the choice between
life and death. I’m talking about the much publicized life and death struggle
of Terri Schiavo in
Withholding medication or mechanical intervention is allowing nature to take its course. Withholding food and water is killing – it’s homicide. Terri is not brain dead or in a coma. Terri is not in a vegetative state. Terri is not dying. Terri is not in pain or agony – she is not suffering. Terri is a disabled person, not a brain-dead vegetable and Terri’s death will reinforce that one is ‘better off dead than disabled.” Terri is being killed first because her husband wants her dead and second because a judge wants her dead and third because more and more doctors want people like her dead. It’s the fruit of this ungodly nation and our turning away form the Lord Jesus. We are becoming more and more evil and so we are choosing the curse and death instead of choosing life. And we are choosing hell and eternal death instead of heaven and eternal life. We are rejecting the Lord Jesus who is the Resurrection and the Life and the Prince of Life and because we love our wickedness and sin and our nation is falling fast into ruin.
The judiciary and doctors have killed unwanted,
unborn children by abortion since 1973 and presently there is a concerted
effort to legalize doctors assisting terminally ill and severely disabled
patients to die. This is termed “Physician Assisted Suicide” (Euthanasia). We
are turning back to satanic darkness and our doctors are becoming witch doctors
using their power to kill as well as cure. They are the ones who carry out the
sentence of death even though others make it legal. With abortion and euthanasia,
the doctor ceases to be the healer and
protector of life and becomes a destroyer of life. “Mercy Killing” is becoming
a reality in
I believe that only a true Christian society
can preserve the sanctity of life and have a true compassionate nation. Our
nation was founded by Godly Christians and their views about life and the
dignity of an individual in the sight of God. Christians out of compassion,
founded hospitals, orphanages, schools and other ministries to meet the needs
of those who are ill, uneducated, pregnant, poor and mentally ill. They
believed that people were made in the image of God and that God’s Word was
truth. They used the Holy Spirit in them to bring healing to those who were
suffering. But now the hospitals are more and more becoming killing centers
because they have turned away from Christ and godliness. We are like
Terri is not being kept alive by artificial means. All she has is a gastric feeding tube that provides food and water to her stomach and it gets connected only at meal times,. Tens of thousands of disabled people have feeding tubes and it is not considered to be “artificial life support.” If food and water is “life support,” we’re all on “life support.” The judge had only allowed the removal of Terri’s feeding tube, not regular food and water. Terri’s husband illegally ordered this. The law allows the removal of “life-prolonging procedures”, not regular food and water. Our judiciary has almost quit killing guilty, vicious criminals but more and more is murdering the innocent. We as a nation are choosing death in the physical realm because we have chosen sin and death in the spiritual realm first. Shame on this wicked nation.
But having said this about Terri Shiavo and her struggle of life and death, let me say that it pales greatly in comparison to the choosing of eternal life or eternal death. If Terri is kept alive for a short number of years, she will still die. She will still receive God’s sentence of death upon her because of her sins and because she’s not saved she will be judicially and righteously cast into the lake of fire by a just and Holy God for eternity. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom.5:12). This is the first death but there is a second death –“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:15). “This is the second death” – (vs.14).
God has brought the Terri Schiavo case to worldwide attention and it is concluding with her death at Easter time to show everyone in the world that life – eternal life – is found only in Jesus Christ. God wants us to connect death and life with the Lord Jesus at Easter. “Who only hath immortality” – (I Tim.6:18). He only has the keys of knowledge to conquer death and give immortality to those who repent of their sins and believe on him and are saved. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and , behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” – (Rev.1:18).
Will you chose the blessing of eternal life in Christ instead of the cursing of eternal death. Be one of the chosen few and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus to save you. Repent of your sins, and come to him with an honest and contrite heart and you will be saved. Pass from death unto life and be born again through Christ which is the beginning of everlasting life. Have your name written in God’s book of life. “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (John 11:25).
God hath set before U.S. the choice of life or death. Do not be deceived by Satan who “Was a murderer from the beginning.” “Don’t be deceived by the so-called “deadly compassion” of euthanasia.
Choose eternal life in Christ
Preacher Mike Storti
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