It was on the 13th November 1789 that Benjamin Franklin wrote these iconic words: "Nothing certain but death & taxes (sic)." His statement is true even to this day and I think that living through recent uncertain times has just solidified his opinion.
The bible speaks about both death and taxes. It seems that as far back as the scriptures take us, there were people levying taxes on others. Of course, Tax collectors were well known in Jesus' day and many of them came to follow him (Matthew, Zacchaeus).
Jesus spoke a lot about the topic of death, but often in the light of hope beyond the grave. For Jesus, death was an inevitable part of human existence and something that was not to be afraid of. When we place our faith in the Messiah, death would simply be a transition from one world into the next.
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." - John 5:24
Question: What impression does Benjamin Franklin's quote leave on your life today?
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