There are only three events in a man’s life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live. ~Jean de la Bruyere
Death is so final. No more conversations, no more laughter, no more birthday parties, cake, or candles.
Death separates, isolates, penetrates.
Death brings tears, anger, depression, and great, great sadness.
I’ve lost count of the number of deaths I’ve witnessed in the last year.
But not everyone lives.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:9-14 NIV
Birthday parties are not life. Soccer games, kids running through sprinklers, and watermelon are not life.
Vacations, cruises, honeymoons, and anniversary trips? Not life either.
Quiet evenings with the ones you love, a peaceful walk through the woods, owning your own home aren’t life.
Careers, family responsibilities, and plans for retirement are not even close.
Life is being released from death.
Free from sin. Free from condemnation. Free from guilt.
Free in the body of Christ.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 NIV