14 Reasons Why Not to end your life…
Last month the new season of 13 reasons why came out on Netflix and has become extremely popular and controversial. The show follows the story of a girl named Hannah Baker who ultimately takes her own life. Before she ends her life, she makes tapes where she talks about the 13 reasons why she committed suicide. After her death, the tapes are circulated to the people who made her feel as if her life needed to end. I do not recommend anyone to watch this show (however, my wife and I have watched it for the purposes of knowing what teenagers are watching; so maybe I am a little bit of a hypocrite). The show is very vulgar in every way possible from language, to nudity, to rape scenes, to violence, and so on. The show also depicts suicide as a rational and logical option for someone. This show has been applauded by some due to potential conversation starters regarding uneasy topics. I am convinced, however, that the negatives outweigh the positives. For more information, visit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNmeBBDZ3w8).
Today I want to offer you 14 Reasons Why NOT to end your own life and find the only eternal and everlasting hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. My hope is that you will be able to share this with other people who are struggling or to give you hope because you are the one struggling. I went with 14 because there are always more reasons to press on than to end your life.
Jesus loves you
The key theme throughout all of scripture is God’s radical (John 3:16) and unconditional (Romans 5:8) love for all of humanity. Throughout scripture we see God as loving both on an individual level (example: how God loves Hannah at the beginning of the book of 1 Samuel) and on the broad level, he loves the whole world (1 John 2:2). The Bible even says that God is love (1 John 4:16).
Jesus made you valuable
In the book of Genesis, we see that God created man and woman special in these ways: 1) They are created in the eternal and majestic image of the most Holy God almighty. (Gen. 1:26-27). 2) They have dominion over God’s creation (Gen. 1:28). 3) God breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of man. (Gen. 2:7). The Bible also tells us that God carefully and purposefully put us together in our mother’s womb in a wonderful way (Psalm 119:13-18)
Jesus gave His life so you could live forever
The act of Jesus dying on the Cross is the most powerful thing ever, it is the power of God (Romans 1:16). Jesus took our grossness and gave us His goodness (2 Cor. 5:24). 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
Jesus can bring you peace
Jesus has promised hope
Often misapplied is the verse that says that God will not give you more than you can bear (1 Cor. 10:13), because sometimes life can be too hard to bear. However, this verse actually points to the hope that the temptation of life is common and that God will provide the way out. The hope is that God is with you through the temptation and that Jesus is with us always even to the end. He is our rock and our refuge (Psalms 46:1-2). He is the hope that we long for in eternity. God has given us this promise that the present sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared to the glorious things that are to come for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:18).
Don’t let the enemy win
Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). Satan wants nothing more than to steal your hope and see your life destroyed. He is a liar (John 8:44). He causes chaos and leaves a wake of devastation as he roams through the earth. Don’t let Satan win. In the book of Job people often criticize God for allowing Satan to do these things to Job. Many agree with Job’s wife who in her heartbreak exclaims, “Curse God and Die!” However, when we do this with our lives we are actually giving the victory to Satan, the one who DID all these things to Job. So, remember who is at work to cause destruction and THE ONE who is working out final reconciliation for you and the whole world.
God hears your prayers
While it is true that God does not listen to the prayers of sinners (John 9:31) it is also true that He will listen to those to are crying out to Him, to worship Him and to trust in His control (2 Chronicles 7:14). We are all sinners. However, our relationship with God changes when we turn to trust God with our lives. We are no longer God’s enemies (Col. 1:21), but God’s children (Eph. 1:5). God hears and listens to the prayers of the sinner as they repent form their sins and acknowledge God for who He is. God hears the prayers of the righteous, not righteous because of themselves but the righteousness of Jesus Christ in them, and they are effective (James 5:16). He longs to hear the troubles of His children so He can show them that He is there. He wants us to cast ALL of our worries and anxieties on Him because He cares for the big worries and the small ones (1 Peter 5:7). The book of Psalms is filled with prayers of those that are in distress and God’s provision through (Psalms 55).
Jesus has given you a purpose
Just as God gave Adam and Eve jobs to do in the Garden of Eden, He has a plan for your life. Generally, the Chief End of Man (or the purpose of humans) is to Glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Eccl. 12:13). On an individual bases God has a plan for your life. This plan allows for pain. A pastor once said it this way, “God never wastes pain.” The things that the world sees as weaknesses God often uses to bring the most glory to Himself (2 Cor. 12:9).
Jesus forgives you of your wrong choices
One of the most powerful passages about forgiveness in the Bible is one about the Adulterous woman in John 8. A woman who was caught in the act of committing this crime was brought before Jesus to see how He would respond to her. Instead of stoning her, which would have been the culturally expected punishment for her actions, Jesus forgives her and tells her to go and sin no more. This is the perfect picture of Christ’s forgiveness.
You can have a real and deep relationship with God
If you have read this far and do not have an understanding of what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is here is a quick refresher. G) God loves you and wants to be with you! He created man and woman and put them in the garden and they were perfect and God was with them in the garden. O) Our sin has separated us from God. The first people created rebelled against God and did the one thing He asked them not to do. Because of this rebellion they began to die. S) Sin cannot be overcome with good works. No matter how much good we do, we can never earn our way back to God because our sin is greater than our good. Also, our good is often done out of pride and sinfulness. P) Paid! Our sin debt was Paid for by Jesus Christ, God’s son and God in the flesh. Jesus lived the perfect life never sinning and what ultimately killed on the cross where His blood was shed as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. God turned His back on His son and God separated Himself for the sin debt to be paid. Jesus did not stay dead, but rose again 3 days later defeating sin, the grave and death. E) Everyone is invited to receive salvation. All have sinned, but God has invited all to be saved by faith through grace in God’s sacrifice. L)Life! God has promises eternal and abundant life for those that have genuinely placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The abundant life means that no matter life’s situations, God has given you Hope, Peace, and Joy that surpass all human understanding. This is what a relationship with God through Jesus is all about. Go to God directly or ask a Christian friend for help if you would like to know more.
Jesus will one day right every wrong.
God will avenge all the wrong in the world. The wrong done both to you and by you. He will reconcile the world to Himself. We do not have to seek revenge ourselves for God’s judgement will be true, swift, and just! Trust the Lord with your life and love your enemies because you once were an enemy to God.
This life is NOT the end.
Jesus says that He is the resurrection, which mean that this life is not the end (John 11:25). The Bible is full of verses to remind us of the afterlife. Even when Jesus was on the cross, He told the thief beside Him that that day the thief would be with Him in paradise because of his belief in Jesus. Even when faced with death, the thief is affirmed that His mistakes where forgivable (Luke 23). The book of Revelation tells us that both those who are believers and unbelievers will be raised. Believers raised to eternal life (Rev. 20:6) and unbelievers to eternal punishment and death (Rev. 20:11-15).
Jesus has WON!
1 Cor. 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Christ has won the battle over sin and death. In the book of Revelation, we see Jesus’ final conquering by throwing satan into the Lake of fire.
Glenn View and many other churches and Christians around the world are here for you. Not to judge you, but to be a support.
John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus said, “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47). One day a judgement is coming, but those who are in Christ have nothing to fear on that Day (Rev. 20).