“And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”
Matthew 22: 31, 32 (ESV)
To those who do not sincerely believe or trust in God’s eternal promises, the thought of death is dreadfully forlorn, almost incomprehensible in concept. From God’s perspective, however, death is merely a term that denotes a “blink of an eye transition” from one very brief lifetime experience to an everlasting one of infinitely greater joy and adventure. And while death does imply separation from our physical past we never lose track of the present.
To the believer then, death should mean instantaneous transformation into a perfect spiritual being without flaw or imperfection. The problem lies, however, in the fact that most of us have grown emotionally attached to others we interact with regularly. We don’t really want to start all over again and say “Aloha” to all we have ever known. After all, what is it we desperately try to save as our home is burning to the ground, the family albums! But rather than considering it a righteous gift ticket, a passport to a land of harmony, peace, and joy, we too often look at it as a frightful unknown, a lonely journey into darkness, oblivion, or possibly eternal boredom, a protracted doom stretching to infinity.
God, however, in his loving-kindness promises us an unimaginably rich, joyfully abundant life through all eternity. In reality, death should be considered just an instantaneous occurrence at a pinpoint in time, a launch pad to adventure land. And while death is still a cogent convenient term, to the believer, it is deceptively glum and is, in actuality, obsolete, a frightening misnomer that persists as the ultimate fear in the minds of the lost and many misguided believers as well.
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…who saved us and called us to a holy calling…through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Timothy 1: 8-10 (ESV)
Jesus said…”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…”
John 11: 25, 26 (ESV)
Let joyous hope fill our hearts and minds from this point forward because God has big plans for us that we simply can’t savor or delight in if we are forever dreadfully dead. And remember “Aloha” while often used as a farewell, is more often used as a warm greeting!
Dear Lord God, help us realize the eternal happiness, joy, and fulfillment that lays ahead of us, for, in your eyes, our journey into abundant life is just beginning. Amen.
A F Fischer