Wednesday, May 4, 2016
He tells us that death is still our enemy, but Jesus has transformed our enemy into the very thing that saves us. His redemptive work has transformed the greatest enemy of man into something that Francis of Assisi called Sister Death, from whom no one can escape. But, Francis would add, all of us must pass through on our way to eternity.
We are all afraid of the unknown. And death is the great unknown. While we do know Who waits for us on the other side, there are so many things about what comes next that we DON'T know that it can be scary. This is why God tells us, over and over again, do not be afraid.
And have you ever noticed that we get a daily course in what death means? Every day, we learn what will happen. We go to sleep every night, and every morning we wake up. It's no coincidence that the Bible calls dying "falling asleep" and tells us not to be like people who don't believe in God, who sound like they have no hope when someone they know dies.
We do have hope. We see, every morning, that after we sleep, God wakes us up again.
And due to the redemptive work of Jesus, He will wake us up once more after we sleep the slumber of death. And wake to life that never ends.
God, thanks for the daily lesson.