(Revised and adapted, by Kevin Harrington, East Foothill Church of Christ)
Like it or not, Halloween is here. Children are excited as they get their costumes and bags ready.
Some Halloween traditions are cute - pets dressed up as people, infants dressed up as pets, plus an infinite variety of innovative costumes. And then there are the “scary” aspects of Halloween - yards resembling cemeteries with life-like "zombies", skeletons, ghosts and vampires. Plus "haunted" corn mazes, barns, houses, movies and the like. By November 1, however, even the scarier aspects of Halloween quickly fade.
However, here are a few TRULY scary facts to be aware of year-round:
Fact #1: All of us are sinners. Paul reminds Christians in Rome that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It doesn’t matter how good we’ve been, we have sinned. Many people do not like to admit this to themselves. They prefer to think that they are essentially good, even better than most. But the fact is that we have all messed up - badly. We aren’t perfect or nearly so. We all do wrong.
Fact #2: There are consequences for virtually every mistake and sin we commit. Again, Paul warns the Romans that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That means eternal death. The vast majority of people NEVER think of death as being the consequence of sin, but it is. Those who continue in sin will one day face eternal death in hell.
Fact #3: There is GOOD NEWS! We don't have to die eternally and suffer in hell! Paul reminds the Romans that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). When we accept Jesus as God's Son, confess our faith before others, repent of our sins, and are baptized into Christ, Jesus removes the consequences of ALL our past sins.
In Jesus Christ, we have true hope. He IS the answer for the truly scary things in life. Instead of fearing eternal death, we can live in full expectation of being with Jesus forever in Heaven. Prase God!