Monday, March 21, 2011
Waiting.....And Thoughts On Death
I found comfort this morning reading I Corinthians 15 about the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead. Especially these verses;
“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (verses 20-22) I love this truth...that those that I love that have passed away have only “fallen asleep” till it is time for Jesus to come back.
Do you know what the last enemy to be destroyed will be?
Verse 26 says that it is death! I had never thought of that.
However, death first has a purpose, because the Bible tells us that all things work together for our good...”And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
So death is also for our good? Yes, it is!
Back in I Corinthians 15 again, I find these words, “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. .... Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven (Jesus).” (verses 42-44, 49). Death brings forth this new spiritual body, like a seeds that is planted dies to bring forth even more life.
Today, we wait for our beloved one to “fall asleep” and I find comfort in knowing that death will be destroyed one day, and my precious Uncle Charles will again live.
Jesus has said it, and I believe it....
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)