Death is the cessation of life. One thing that all living things have in common is that all will die. Since believers follow Jesus in everything, they must also follow Him in death. However, Jesus took the sting out of death when He died, and He took the victory out of the grave, according to 1 Corinthians 15:55-47.
In the fourth lesson in the "Son of God Bible Study," Rick Warren explains how your own death is compared to Jesus' death. Warren said emphatically that Jesus had to die so that you could live. Since the payment for sin is death, someone had to pay. Therefore, Jesus took it upon Himself to die in our place.
Warren is convincing when he says, "Jesus' crucifixion shows us God's love. According to John 3:16, God loved the word so much that He gave up His only son to die in our place. They drove the nails through the hands of Jesus, but they went straight to the heart of God.
Many people think they can do something to get into heaven. However, there is absolutely nothing we can do to get into heaven except believe that it was Jesus who did it all. Jesus sacrificed His own live for us. We ought to love Christ because He first loved us to the point of dying for us. We ought to hate sin because sin is not a laughing matter. Warren encourages Christians to go and tell others because you are going to heaven because somebody told you about Jesus Christ. Think about who will or will not be in heaven because of you.
Rick Warren, 60, is the founder and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, He and his wife started the church in their home in 1980, with just one other family. Saddleback is one of the most prominent churches in America with more than 20,000 members. There are four different campuses having about 200 ministries. Warren wrote the popular book, "The Purpose Driven Life," in 2002. To date, the book has sold more than 30 million copies, making it the top selling hardcover book of all time.