Our Final Breath Will Not Be Death.

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I am of the mind that the very topics we choose to avoid are the ones which we precisely need to confront. It’s for this reason that I’ve always been attracted to controversial and taboo subjects. Death is by no means a popular conversation piece and probably falls into the same class as politics and religion. It might even take a slight lead over its counterparts as it makes most extremely uneasy and rightly so because of its tragic finality.

The fact that we must all face our timely end on this earth makes death inevitable and universal. There is absolutely no amount of fame or wealth which will help us escape this prepaid round trip. We already have an appointed day of passing and when it comes it will greet us with open arms. Our eyes will close for one final time here but they will re-open elsewhere. I imagine it to be like going to sleep and then suddenly finding yourself awake in a dream. We already possess the skill to transcend beyond the body and experience continuation in another realm. A truly amazing phenomenon and if we shift our perspective, life after death doesn’t seem like such a wild and far-fetched idea.

God is very well aware of the death grip which is why He sent Jesus. Not only does He know about the pain but He also has exclusive dominion over darkness. Lest we forget, the Father put His Son on the cross so that we can be released from the bondage of sin and death. It has been over 2,000 years and absolutely no other person in all of history can claim this power. As believers of Jesus, we are called to unreservedly accept the gift of the Crucifixion and Resurrection into our hearts. It is imperative that we live in recognition and admission of this significant, selfless sacrifice.

Without a doubt, our feelings and thoughts about death will shape the way we choose to exist. Are we going to run amok with reckless abandon or will there be conviction of eternal consequences? A person who believes that he/she will simply disappear approaches life in a vastly contrasting manner compared to the one who anticipates the hereafter. If we are of the view that nothing further is to be expected after we take our last breath then hope will be in short supply while still breathing. On the other hand, if we open our hearts to eternity then we are able to experience an everlasting promise made by Jesus.

Romans 8:6 reads, The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Since the body is corrupted and perishable, we must operate under the spirit to receive the full blessings. The spirit is the essence of who we truly are and it will go on long after we’ve been liberated from our afflicted bodies.

Jesus laid is life down and was able to raise it up again however He also established the ability to bring others back to life. In John 11:38-44, we are astonished by Jesus’ grace and mercy to revive his friend,  Lazarus, from the dead.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

God’s perfect plan never included death however sin continues to separate us from Him. Our transgressions pit us against the loving Father who first thought of us and only wants the best for His children. This planet was not designed to be a permanent home nor should it ever be regarded as such. Death is the ultimate enemy however if you trust Jesus, there is no fear of mortality because He conquered it all.

Amen.