Death May Have Lost Its Sting But It Still Packs A Wallop.


We have had visitors… Almost 2300 of them. From near and far (most of them my wife) they have come. They are transients though. No one stays at the blog long. Judging from the stats (and the lack of comments) they come by, read the catchy titles, peruse the uppermost posts and depart. If one is not careful one might get all Ecclesiastes on oneself (which is not a bad thing). Is there anything vainer than a post that is not read? My post is only slightly related to this though…

As I got up this morning to prepare for my day I ran across this bit of reflection from John Piper. It is on death: “Romantic death is rare. More common are involuntary groanings and screams of pain. The ignominy of dying is pathetic.” My thoughts drifted to how this ignominy got started in the first place:

Gen 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'”

4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Gen 3:17-19

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”

What a shock to the system death’s entrance must have been. From this point on human beings were transients; pilgrims if you will. Adam, looking down at his dusty feet, must have wept. He was crowned with glory, yet because of sin his decedents would tread him underfoot. No romance there.

Death today is just as shocking. Sitting at the foot of a bed, watching life ebb, is a horror. This ought not to be! The body bereft of its soul is an affront to everything good. We were made for something different; something better. Dust is a disgrace, dust is a curse!

That is what makes the resurrection so wonderful! It is putting things right! God reclaims our bodies from the dust, how great is that? Adam will walk in glory again. We will walk in glory with him.

1 Cor 15:40-45

40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

All praise to the Last Adam!

Al sends


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