Is there a remedy for death?
When you can’t say anything else. When you remember the last conversation you had. When you see how many people someone impacted. When you realize you won’t be able to call them again, see them out in the water, take them out to coffee . . . All we can do is mourn.
This week, my church family has been struck with the reality of death. A family member, a friend that was like family, a grandma on the cusp of seeing her maker. Though these hit close to home, others seem a distance away (ie Stephen Hawking and Hubert de Givenchy).
“Why does this happen?”
“Why does God allow this”
“Why do bad things happen to good people?”
“Will death ever die?”
All good questions. Questions that are often asked with tears on our faces. Questions that make the knot in our throat hurt a little longer. Questions that seem to never go away. But questions that point to a need that only proximity can alleviate.
One of the most radical truths of the Bible is that God desires to draw near to us. In fact, it is how He reciprocates our desire to commune with Him. Jesus also explains the necessity for his departure from this earth in light of the future imparting of the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter. Because of what Jesus has done, we now have access to draw near to a room where an unlimited amount of Grace is stored and distributed. So if proximity is what God desires, how can proximity help when death comes knocking on our door.
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” – Jesus the Christ
The greatest comfort that we can ever receive is the comfort that comes from knowing that Jesus has been crowned victorious over sin, death, and the grave. Because the grave is empty, death now stands as a defeated foe. We can rest assured that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. We can be confident in this very thing, that He who begun a good work will finish it on the day that death thinks it has won.
The questions above can be answered by one truth. That Jesus came not to condemn the world but that through Him the world might have life, and have it to the full. Not just here on earth, but forever in Heaven. This is why the gospel is so important. This is why the Story of Jesus must be shared. It changes the conversation from a sorrowful “Farewell” to a hopeful “See You Soon”.
This is the remedy for death. No longer do we have to mourn as if we have no hope, for Jesus the Christ is our victory and pleads our case when we stood defeated and without an advocate. Hallelujah!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”-Jesus the Christ.
May we mourn with the Hope that Christ has given us.