Dying to Death
I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, even if he dies, will live" (John 11:25).
Recently I sat in my office with a man who lost his wife to cancer. They had been married for over 40 years, and I listened as he wept at the loss of his dearest friend and companion. Death is something that is ugly, painful, wretched--and according to the Christian worldview--unnatural. It is unnatural in the sense that it was never part of God's created design. He originally made a world of wonder, joy, and life. Death, along with its twin-brother misery, was only introduced because mankind refused to follow the life-giving way of God. In Jesus, that life-giving way of God is once again set before mankind.
My wife and I are not even mid-way through an average lifespan. Yet one of us will eventually find ourselves saying a painful goodbye to the other. If, in the Lord's wisdom and goodness, I am chosen to be the one looking down upon the grave, I pray that I remember this wonderful promise of Jesus. He is the resurrection and the life! Even though my wife will have died, death cannot keep her. Jesus has conquered her sin and even death itself! How wonderful it is to be fully assured that my beloved bride is eternally secure in the protective hands of the divine Giver of life!
The great promise of Jesus' good news is that new life is offered to us. Death may claim our mortal bodies, but it can never claim the souls and minds of those who belong to Jesus.