"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Life and Death

Posted in Theological by mattsw86 on Friday, February 8, 2008

I have a question: if death always gives way to life then why do we fear it? Is it fear of the unknown or difficulty in leaving people we love? I would like to imagine death as something that is pleasant, even thrilling. I’ve been thinking a lot about this after watching a movie with Papaw and Mamaw. I think it’s important to think often of death and its meaning. I promise I’m not being morbid or emo, I just want to be intimately aware of the way things are – even if naïve people call me a cynic for it.


But it’s so ironic how God has ordered things, right?

We are told that all have sinned and must die for it, yet the reason life continues is because God is merciful. But we will still eventually die a final death that keeps us utterly apart from God. Then, as if the order isn’t already confusing, the Christ comes and tells us that in order to live we must die willingly – gladly, even! Then, as if to spell it out, he does it for us first. Now mountains of people gladly throw away their own lives in death to follow Jesus who has promised true, deep life.

How funny is it that throughout history kings and generals and priests and tyrants have done anything and everything within their power to control the masses (typically in order to preserve or prolong life) and Jesus has the masses eating out of his palm by commanding them to throw it all away! Insanity.

So recap: we deserve to die but we don’t just yet because God is merciful, but we will die eventually because all sin must be punished. However, the New Covenant takes root in creation and now we learn that, while all deserve to die, we are now allowed and even commanded to die rather than die because in dieing we actually live – both in this life and after death. So it’s not that some die and others don’t, but rather that all die. The difference is that some die to one thing and others to another. Everyone’s death means something, and what each person’s death means is what will determine whether or not that death results in life.

Because it’s certain to say that life must come from death because of the fall, but death cannot ever come from life again because Christ has conquered it! So this is why Christ is worthy! He has made it impossible for death to come from life so long as it is a death unto him.

Praise Him for giving your death meaning through the resurrection of His beautiful Son. Christ made life and death a gift.

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