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Lovers Surprised by Death, by Burgkmair

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The woodcut depicts a wonderful city of beautiful architecture, a gondola floating in a canal, and decoration adorning the columns. However, wealth and prosperity offer no refuge from death. King Belshazzar feasted with golden goblets the very night God judged him and brought on his death (Daniel 5).

In conclusion, after enjoying this piece of art and considering its message, what is an appropriate response? We must be spiritually prepared for death by trusting in the One who conquered death (Acts 2:24). Only through Jesus Christ will we find spiritual life after physical death (1 Corinthians 15:22; John 3:16).

Furthermore, having been saved by Christ, we must not fear death (2 Corinthians 5:8). Because of His life, death, and resurrection, we can be kept in the love of God for all eternity (Philippians 1:21; Romans 8:38). There is coming a day when death, pain, and sorrow will be wiped away by all who know and are known by Christ (Revelation 21:4).

Finally, in response to the life we have been given in Christ, we must live for Him and tell others the gospel and life He offers (Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 28:19-20).

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