Even though we have the hope of eternity, christians still hate death!
We were on holidays last year, driving along the east coast of Australia. My phone buzzed and i looked down- still trying to maintain our conversation. It was a text from a friend who’s mum had been unwell with cancer. The day before she had been moved to I.C.U. Without reading the text, i knew what it would say. As we cried that day, i was reminded that i am not the only person to have broken down in the presents of death. The bible tells us that, when Lazarus died ‘Jesus wept’ (John 11:35). And although Jesus would raise Lazarus from the dead, there is a key difference in how Jesus deals with death to how we today deal with it. He did not despair.
Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 that we do not ‘grieve as others who have no hope’. We are not terrified as some who can not see beyond the grave. We trust in the history- altering truth that Jesus has triumphed over death. But this does not mean that death is not horrific!
When friends die, we are full of anger at the wrongness of death, and full of grief that the wages of sin still have power in this world. But we weep, knowing that our saviour wept, and remembering that we have a God of all comfort (2 Corinthians). This does not mean death is easy- but, our grief is combined with a cry full of hope and Joy.
‘Where of death is your victory? Where o death i your sting?’ 1 Corinthians 15:55