24  J I M TAY L O R whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” It is the cross, and the cross alone, that takes away the sting and fear of death for Christians and then offers them eternal life. It is the cross that makes it bearable to attend the funeral of the one you love the very most. What kind of power does it take to overcome death or bring back to life someone who has died? What power could even exist in such a condemned world as the one in which we live and have such authority that it could offer the gift of eternal life to all men in a paradise where death does not exist and where nothing can ever go wrong? When a person believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, they take him at his Word, and they abide in his Word (John 8:31–32), they are given new life and great things begin to happen (John 8:31–32). When a person becomes a Christian, the first thing that happens is that the fear of death and judgment is abolished. It is those two fears that are the most terrifying anxieties any person can expe- rience. All men have some dread of the death because they know that someday they must face that king of terrors. But the fear of losing someone they love dearly, such as their mate or a child, is horrifying. It is the cross of Jesus that makes it bearable. Chris- tians should not fear the judgment or death because, for them, neither one of those horrifying events even exists. Jesus abol- ished both of them with his cross and resurrection. Paul wrote, “But hath now been manifested by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immor- tality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). The same is also true of the judgment. Jesus released all Christians from the judgment by taking the sentence of death that they should have experienced upon himself. John wrote: For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him. He that believeth on him is not judged: he that be- lieveth not hath been judged already, because he hath