So don’t tell me not to cry. Don’t tell me to not be angry.
Death is the enemy. It is cold and devastating. It is merciless and cruel. It produces fear and dread and heartache.
Jesus cried when his friend Lazarus died. Even though he knew that he was about to raise him from the dead. Why, then, did Jesus cry? Because death stinks.
Death claimed my dad this past week.
I do not want to be reunited with my dad “someday” – I want to be with him NOW.
I know he is in heaven with Christ – but I want him here with me.
I know he is no longer suffering but why couldn’t he be healed and stay here
?I hate death. It is the relentless enemy of each of us.
The Apostle Paul knew this. That is why, under the inspiration of God’s Spirit, he wrote:
“Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” I Corinthians 15:24-26
Now read that again – please.
The truth be told – death had dominion, authority and power over dad and our family. It took him from us- no matter how much we wished otherwise. Death stinks. But look at the mission of Christ – to destroy all the dominion, authority and power that death now currently wields. Christ will one day settle all accounts. He will make right all the wrongs. There will be a reckoning day when all that causes us to miss out on God’s perfect plan for us will be eliminated. Jesus will methodically destroy all that has destroyed us – hatred, racism, idolatry, sexual abuse, disease, betrayal, etc. Saving our worst enemy for last – he will kill death.
Now I like that. A lot. His own resurrection proved he can do it. And he will do it. His own death was reversed – and that power will be flexed on our behalf one day; for all of us who have trusted in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Current score: Death – 1, Dad – 0. But the game isn’t over with yet.