LIFE INSTEAD OF DEATH

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me stays alive even if he dies, every living person who believes in me shall never die, Do you believe this?”  John 11: 25-26

The Bible does not teach, life after death, rather it teaches LIFE INSTEAD OF DEATH.
We live in a culture that tries to cover up the idea of death and ignore it, as if it would go away.  We are obsessed with staying young. This is  death denying age.  We have a common denominator that draws us together.  That which is common to us all is death.  We are born to die.  I read this, “I have a friend who has cancer. He is in remission.  A nurse unaware of his condition was asking a question for his medical record.  “Are you presently ill?”   “Well yes, I have cancer,” he said.  She looked at him and asked, “Are you terminal?”  He responded: “Yes, aren’t we all?”

Behind the prayers, the tears, and the grief lurks the shadow of an unanswered question, which is, “What is next?”  What happens when a person dies?  All of us in our more serious moments want to know the answer.
In a book called, “Children’s letters to God” a little boy named Mike wrote: “Dear God what happens when you die?  Nobody will talk to me about it.  I don’t want to do it.  I just want to know.”

Physical death is difficult for us to understand, we are such earthlings.  The early followers of Jesus  didn’t understand about Jesus’ death and they questioned Him about it.  To their troubled hearts and to ours, Jesus said, as recorded in Gospel of John chapter 14, the first three verses:
“Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me for in My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you shall be also.”

That is what we need, LIFE now and forever more.  I know that in the face of death, the heart cries out for answers.  It ceaselessly asks, “Why.”   We wonder why such tragedy, sorrow comes upon us. But, I do not think that God intended for man to be able to grasp the mystery of life.  God asks us to LIVE BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT.

Draw nearer to Jesus for only He can mend the broken threads of our lives. Jesus can turn darkness into light, sorrow into joy and most of all, Jesus can turn death into life.

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