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James Bond, Ian Fleming, and The Resurrection

Posted: Wednesday, August 31

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Job 37:1-39:30
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10
Psalm 44:9-26
Proverbs 22:13


Verse of the day:

We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. (I Corinthians 5:2)

Ian Fleming is the British author responsible for the James Bond spy novels. Book #11 in that series is titled “You Only Live Twice.” The unique title was inspired by a 17th Century Japanese poet; the full quote reads, “You only live twice; once when you’re born, and once when you look death in the face.” French playwright, Jean Cocteau said it this way: “Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.” 



The death of our physical bodies is one of the great equalizers of the human experience. Wealth and health can delay it, but death cannot be sidestepped. Unless we live to see the second coming of Christ, we will all experience death.



“You Only Live Twice” was the last novel that Ian Fleming published before he died.  Fleming was a Christian, but lived in the era when the dangers of smoking were unknown. His tobacco use lead to heart disease, two heart attacks, and an early death at age 56. He was buried in the churchyard of Swindon, England.



He died. And then . . . moments later . . . he woke up.



In heaven. 



His consciousness settled, and my best guess is that he immediately started laughing at the title of his final novel. The second moment of life isn’t the moment of facing death. The second moment of life is the resurrection. If Ian Fleming confessed with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in his heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9), than Ian Fleming is alive in 2016 strolling heaven with a resurrected body. His new body is free from the damage of tobacco. His new mind is clear from the echoes of depression. Ian Fleming was right. You only live twice.