What makes you scared? For Lee Young-Pyo, the South Korean football team full-back, it was something we can all empathise with. He says, “One of the biggest fears anyone faces is the fear of death. That was certainly true for me.”

The Bible agrees that we should fear death. It says, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). In the Bible ‘sin’ is any way of life that ‘forgets’ God. And while we live for ourselves rather than for Him, we earn the death penalty. Then when we die we face God’s rejection.

Thankfully however, that sentence from the Bible continues, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (6:23). Oscar Ewolo, who played football for Congo, recalls what he said to God to accept this gift and give his life back to Him: “Yes, Jesus, I want to follow you. I want to walk with You. Give me the strength to live a Christian life.” Once he received Jesus, he instantly entered this new life. “Starting the next day I gave up my old life of women, clubs and everything that I was chasing to give me a little extra in life. I had found something better.”

Young-Pyo also lives with new direction. “Now that I know where I’m going after I die, I am free not only of the fear of death but from death itself!” For those who trust Jesus the future is certain—eternal life is God’s gift. Would you like to receive it?

Jesus is bigger than our biggest fears.


Chris Wale


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