‘Born that man, no more may die’
During this season, many of us will be singing the famous carol ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing.’ One of the lines that always stands out for me is, ‘Born that man, no more may die.’ Here, the full impact and joy of Christ’s birth comes to life. The wonderful Gospel message. This baby was born to free us. The Creator Himself had come to liberate His creation.
Hebrews 2: 14-15 says “These children are people with physical bodies. So Jesus himself became like them and had the same experiences they have. He did this so that, by dying, he could destroy the one who has the power of death. That one is the devil. Jesus became like men and died so that he could free them. They were like slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.” (ICV)
When I was four-years-old, a young friend of mine died of leukemia. Up until then, the only concept of death that I’d come across was when I’d trodden on a cabbage white caterpillar. One moment it had been wriggling along the path and the next it was squashed and motionless.
In general, life had seemed beautiful. I’d mainly experienced happy days, with highlights like dressing my dolls, having bubble baths, going to birthday parties and opening Christmas presents. My little world of doing family life with my dad, mum and older sister had suddenly been invaded by the tormenting reality of death.
Often, I would stare into this girl’s garden and wonder where she had gone. How could she just not be there anymore? Only a few weeks before we’d been sitting playing with our toys on her front lawn.
The whole concept of death terrified me. I had to find answers to the purpose of life. I distinctly remember, even at four-years-old, going to bed, staring up at the clouds, crying. I’d pinch my skin and think “I’m more than just this flesh and bones.” And I’d say out loud, “Kerry, you will never be again,” trying to accept that someday I would just cease to exist. I couldn’t bear the fact that I’d never see my parents again. I didn’t want to go forward in life until I found some answers. What was the point in doing anything, of loving your family, of building relationships, if it all just ended in nothing?
Freedom from the fear of death
Never underestimate the Holy Spirit’s work on a young child’s heart, or their ability to comprehend deep spiritual truths. God’s Word says He has set eternity in the hearts of men. We are born with this search written into us! I now know God heard the cry in my heart and began to reveal Himself to me. My mum started to frequently read me stories about Jesus from a beautiful book that introduced me to Him. I heard how He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, walked on water, and did many miracles. Slowly revelation about Him started to bring peace to the deep questions of life.
What a wonderful thing to celebrate this Christmas, the gift of our Saviour and freedom from the fear of death!
Kerry is married to Chris Cole who is a trustee of GOD TV and together they founded Cross Rhythms Media Ministry. She is author of The Purple Veil, an art style book, and Exit Darcus. Through these books Kerry offers deep insight into the whole area of relationships.