The most popular way of trying to evade death in our culture is to ignore it. We don't want to think about it; we try to camouflage it when it comes. But death will not go away, and it will not stay camouflaged for long. Sooner or later it hits us in a way we cannot ignore. What can Jesus do when he confronts death? Our Gospel for this Sunday answers this question. Jesus' whole ministry was an attack on the power of death manifested in sin and disease as well as the grave. He did not answer death's challenge by avoiding it. He met it head on and defeated it. The real answer to death comes in the resurrection of Jesus himself. Death as a biological event remains for us. But death as the power to defeat hope, as a force to induce guilt, despair, and hatred, is banished from our lives when Christ rules over us. Death is an event on the way to the kingdom, not an end to the human story. God uses death to lead us to humility and faith, and to usher us into the fullness of His kingdom. Jesus Christ is the Lord of life because he has power over death. His teachings and his moral examples are precious to us. But by themselves they would only make him one of a long line of moral heroes. The death and resurrection of Jesus are what is central to our faith, for in dying and rising Jesus directly faced and overcame the last enemy. The objective of this Lesson is to help deepen our faith in the power of Jesus Christ to overcome the power of death in our lives.