Death is Death


Death: the ending of all vital functions or processes in an organism or cell.

Have you ever noticed our inadvertent tendency to sanitize death? We all do it. We refer to it “passing away” or “being ushered into glory” or “home-going” or “expiring” or “deceased.” Perhaps these are proper designations. But no matter what we call it, it is cold death. We die. Apart from the return of Christ, it is part of the human condition.

Maybe we would do well to be unequivocal about this – death visited us today.  On the one hand it might have a sobering effect upon those of us who are playing fast and loose with our faith. Death is the great leveler. And often it happens when we least expect it. And it plays no favorites. The young die as suddenly as the old, the healthy as unexplainably as the sickly. So death, cold stiff death, sucks out life. When death comes knocking, it is over. No more chances to get it right. Maybe, just maybe, if we allow death to engulf us in all its ugly permanence, we might stop wasting our lives.

On the other hand, being boldly blunt about death might be a sign that we have come to grips with it. It doesn’t strike fear into our souls. It is still ugly, but it has no “sting.” We can talk freely about it because we are assured that to be “absent from the body (another euphemism for death) is to be present with the Lord.” Death is instant heaven for genuine believers. And, one day, death will be conquered by bodily resurrection. He or she died. We put his or her body in the ground. Hallelujah! Death (not “passing”) is a cause for celebration.

So let’s face it. We have faced death. Who won?

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