DEATH: IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING

Posted: July 2, 2014 in HOT TOPICS, Uncategorized
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Antonius Block: Nothing escapes you!

Death: Nothing escapes me. No one escapes me.

 

 

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27)

It is inevitable, sooner or later we must all come to the reality of one thing in this life – death.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca said of death and our mortality; “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity”. The sad truth is, death was never part of God’s ultimate design for the world, me or you, actually, men and the elements around him, from the trees to the birds in the air were all originally designed without death in mind, it was impossible for man to have an expiration date. But, because of sin, death entered into the world because of one man’s disobedience (Romans 5:19). Since that time, death has been a reality to man.

Great poets have penned words to describe the relationship between man and death. Singers have sung endless songs about life and death. Philosophers have pondered the reality of death and the meaning of life. But only those who are in Christ understand death as a natural part of the equation of our own eternal existence.

I’ve stood at the graveside of many a saint who had been touched by the hand of death, the sadness and tears death brought could not erase the hope that gleaned within me knowing that this was not the end, but only the beginning. Still, I have stood at the resting place of those who had no such hope, theirs was a fate that only God could bring an uneasy peace, uneasy that knowing that God is the final judge and that in his hands I was content to leave the verdict of guilt and sin in his hands, although the fate seemed clear. It was enough to know that what happened in life and the measure of a man who knew not Christ, was dealt with by God’s own justice.

We must all one day meet the character of death. There is no escape – save one, the coming of Christ. It is the one promise that those who are alive and remain shall flee this world and thus avoid the icy grip of death itself. Yet until that blessed assurance, it is promised that all men should die and go by the grave. To what end be the question. For Christ is the only solution to the nature of man, and the only remedy for the last chapter of a man’s life. “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) 

It is the cross which has conquered death hell and the grave. It is the cross which brought us the victory over the final chapter of our life. It is the cross which gives us each the ability to say, ““O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”. (1 Corinthians 15:55)

It is because of the cross we who are in Christ shall not fear the mystery of death when he comes, for death for the believer is victory, victory over the life which has plagued him through his walk in this world, victory over sin, victory over flesh, victory over sickness and disease, poverty and heartache, sadness and worry. The cross enables us to not fear the one that comes in the name of death, but to rejoice, for death in the believer is complete triumph, all brought about by the cross.

Yet, what of the unbeliever? Death for the unbeliever is the reality of the eternal question which looms within their soul, the terror that builds upon their tongue, the pain which creeps along their body, death for the unbeliever is the conqueror of their soul, the beginning chapter of eternities pages which are yet to be wrote, the culmination of separation from God and eternal life. For the unbeliever, it is the reality of hell and eternal torment. For the unbeliever shall hold the hand of death as he enters into his abode, to find his place among the many who have paved his way unto destruction. Death becomes the beginning of eternal suffering and sadness, sadness that he (or she) turned away such truth of the cross.

Death is our reality, it is our hope for those in Christ, but without Christ, without the cross, death is the enemy of many a soul and those who were blinded by sin. Death, either for the believer or unbeliever, is not the end, but the beginning. It is in whom you have trusted which will only matter when death comes to claim you – and then you will know death as a friend, or your enemy. But you shall know just the same.

 

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

 

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