Life and Death

Death has a way of reminding and awaking us to the reality of this life. That any of us and every one of us whether big or small, rich or poor, famous or infamous has a date with the small box. Death meets us all and most of the times it’s not well mannered to book an appointment. The man of God, the good statesman, the witchdoctor and the rebel all have one sure destiny under the sun. They will die. Sure their deeds will make that a day of mourning or celebration depending on who you ask but in the end they’ll be dead. It’s the thing that reminds you that men however powerful and influential are mere mortals. Death sets apart the creator from creation; the clock of life unravels man’s weakness.

We can all agree death is brutal, a ferocious enemy that attacks without warning. It leaves rampage, distress and broken lives behind. But it also tells us that how we live matters because we are not here for as long as we imagine. We need back that Gospel message that said tonight could be it for you because many have been caught unaware without it. As much as we don’t like negative vibes I think we might do with a dose of reality in our modern day. As we motivate people to live their fullest, exploit hidden potential, walk like the boss let’s remember we are here only for a while. Actually the Gospel tells us our best life, our longest life is in the future beyond the grave.

Order your house today by ordering your heart. The Bible says only those who die in the Lord are blessed that is happy and safe. For them it’s more like retirement as they finally rest from their labours. Those who lived in rebellion on the other hand, those driven by human sin, the grave is the beginning of their troubles. I know this is uncomfortable, old fashioned and you’d rather we do a better and more appealing Gospel message. Meet people where they are, pick what they love and entice them in to buy the Gospel message. But if talk of death is not relevant to us perhaps it’s because we’ve slept in for too long. In this country you can’t go past a news bulletin without it. So we may as well look into the Gospel’s verdict on the matter and do so more oftenly.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

Revelation 14 NIV.

No more Pain!

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No more pain!

No more pain is what I expected after seeing my dentist. That finally I could fall asleep quickly and not constantly be aware of my teeth. Time to do away with the painkillers if only for a time. Who knew something so small could cause such discomfort.

While in pain we realise the weakness of these bodies that we treasure so much and see the reality of life in this world. We groan, toss in bed and cry to God whether we believe in him or not. And at that point we realise that we are not invincible despite what the world sells to us on TV. I know I’m not. 

But mostly we just want pain to disappear and stop interrupting our daily lives. Who has time to be sick in this rat race? Not forgetting how much it may cost us in time.

Pain and death are not unnecessary disruptions but reminders that all is not well with our world.

But sometimes, I wonder whether we have become so glued to the cycle of our daily lives that we have forgotten we live in a broken world. That we live in a world where people don’t always get to do what they want. That pain and death are not unnecessary disruptions but reminders that all is not well with our world. This is the world we live in: a world of pain and death.

Living in hope

But I shouldn’t use tooth pain and my headaches to generalize or undermine this matter. Many are suffering in ways most of us will never understand. The last thing they need is someone to say their pain doesn’t matter as we live in a broken world.

For us pain is not an end in itself but a reminder we are not yet at home until our Lord Jesus returns.

But without seeing the problem we wouldn’t appreciate or even understand the solution God gives in his Word. For that’s precisely why Christians long and yearn for the new world God promised in the Bible. For us, pain is not an end in itself but a reminder that we are not yet at home until the Lord Jesus returns. Then will live without pain and death in the new creation:

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21.

Some will say visit a GP and move on with life. Face life, deal with your losses and move on. Live to the fullest while you still can. But I think such people miss the opportunity that pain and death teach us about the reality of life on earth and the amazing hope we can have in Jesus. When we talk of living to the fullest in this world we must bear in mind such weaknesses. It’s a broken world after all.

What’s more, we are so busy to move on that we forget we are actually moving on to the grave. We are so quick to get on with life and tick off our bucket lists that we never stop to ask where this road is headed. If we did I think we would pay more attention to what God has to say in his word in response to this broken state of affairs.

Pain-free, yes, please!

What if there’s more? What if we can truly live, not in the momentary comfort we crave in this life but truly live without ever worrying about pain and death? What if we can have it all and much more? The Bible claims that such a future awaits those who turn to trust and wait on God:

7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.

9 In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” Isaiah 25.

What the Christian faith offers is not just what we all desperately crave but more: eternal life with the God who made us. A world of abundant blessings, peace with God and without pain and death.

Taking your life seriously 

Perhaps all we can do for now is to visit a dentist and see a GP. But before we run back to our busy life why not stop to consider the claims of the Christian faith.The offer of eternal life is a free gift to those who would turn to trust and live for King Jesus now. Do not dismiss this without further investigation, turn to him by faith or at least reconsider:

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you (Israel) did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness…Hebrews 3. 

 

Have you even considered this could be true? Not the stories you heard growing up or in religious debates. But have you thoroughly investigated the message of the Bible for yourself as an adult? You owe it to yourself to care about your eternal future.

If this is true, then pain and death is not your worst nightmare. No, you are wasting your life in a cycle of events that will be the end of you. And the worst is yet to come. Not to scare you but to tell you the plain reading of the Bible.

Pain is not purposeless when we see it from the eye of God’s Word. Let your pain count for something greater than momentary comfort.

To find out more: I would suggest going to a Bible teaching church, perhaps start by reading a Gospel account and asking questions as you read through. Let the Word convince you. And if this is something you would be interested in investigating further then please ask a Christian friend or inbox me for more details.

Pain is not purposeless when we see it from the eye of God’s Word. Let your pain count for something greater than momentary comfort.

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