I obsessed over death for years. I remember as a child rigging up a dead-fall out of 100 lbs of workout weights and a tripwire to fall on my head and kill me. I had been thinking of suicide and an infatuation with death since I can remember.
I thought that life was hell and death was the ultimate escape. I made death an idol of sorts. Later on, after my most serious suicide attempt (all glory unto God for my survival), I realized something in coming to faith in Christ. Death is punishment. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).
Our society is obsessed with death: movies, tv, music, art, etc. Etc. It is on our minds. And rightfully so!
Death was not and is not an “escape.” It’s just punishment for wickedness. We were not originally designed with death in mind. Such complexity, such detail, such labor, such love shown in humanities design, death is unnatural. We were not intended to die!
Death is deserved, received and leads to the ultimate reckoning to take place. It is no friend of you nor I.
However, and most powerfully In reality, in Christ, death is a vanquished enemy. An enemy defeated at the cross and empty tomb of Christ. Romans cotinues, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord.” death was defeated at Calvary when our Lord, God come in flesh, and King conquered sin, death, and the devil on the cross and rose victoriously on the third day!
I’m happy to report I’m not obsessed with death, but life. And not just life, but life in abundance offered in the Savior. I praise my God for His infinite mercy in Christ and newness of life and hope, and look so forward to a future free from the ramifications of the fall.
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-56
Father God we praise and thank you for your mercy. Death is a defeated enemy, we need not fear its sting knowing full well the Lord took away its power in His resurrection. Thank you for life Lord Jesus. In a world filled with fear and trepidation over death and an exultation of its perceived granting of “escape,” let us shine the light of Christ. Thank you in abundance for your love, for your grace, and for life! In Christ Jesus’ name. amen