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When an Insurance Policy Is Not Enough

By Marvin A. McMickle | Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio

 Luke 23:46; 1 Corinthians 15:12-22

One of the most important decisions a person or a family can make is the selection of a good life insurance policy. Life insurance is an essential part of any financial plan because it safeguards a family’s security in the event of the death of the person who provides the income by which that family is supported. Life insurance is also important because it is one way by which the present generation can pass wealth on to the next generation. There are very few decisions we will ever make that will be as important as the decision we make about life insurance.

There are many insurance companies from which we consumers can choose, and all of them have interesting slogans that regularly appear as TV commercials and have a way of sinking into our minds. On any given day you might see a commercial that says, "Life comes at you fast, but Nationwide is on your side." Another slogan says, "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." One commercial says, "GEICO…so simple a cave man can do it."

However, the one I want to focus on today involves both a slogan and a logo. The logo involves a pair of hands cupped together. Inside those hands sit a house, a car and people, all of which are insured by an insurance company whose slogan says, "You’re in good hands with Allstate." That insurance company has another way to sell its product. They employ the actor Dennis Haysbert, and they set him in the midst of some terrible accident scene. The implication is that what happened in that scene could happen to any one of us. Then comes the crucial question: "Are you in good hands?"

Listen once again to these two phrases: "You’re in good hands with Allstate" and "Are you in good hands?" and consider them in the context of the last words of Jesus from the cross of Calvary, as well as from the context of that first Easter Sunday morning. Just seconds before He died, Jesus cried out, "Into your hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46).

I want to make two points in response to these words from Jesus. The first point is that Jesus wanted to be sure He was in good hands. He did not commit His spirit into the hands of Pilate or Caiaphas or the Roman soldiers. Neither did Jesus commit His spirit to Peter, James, John or any of the disciples. Jesus wanted to be sure He was in good hands, so He committed His spirit into the hands of God.

The second point is that Jesus clearly understood death was not the end. He was not speaking some final farewell to life. He was not going through the graveside ritual so many of us have observed over the years and that I myself have probably performed a thousand times or more in these 35 years of ministry. We gather around the grave and say, "We commit this body to the grave; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, and dust to dust." That is not the kind of committing Jesus was doing.

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