At my church this past week it has been one full of tragedy, sickness, and death. It seemed like every few hours we would get a call at the church about someone who unexpectedly died or was heading to the hospital. It is in these moment where theology leaves the philosophical and becomes incredibly relevant. It is in those moments of sickness and death where our hearts groan, because we our hearts know that death is so unnatural. Death was not in the original blue prints when God created the world. We are created as eternal beings, but due to the corruption of our sin our bodies decay and die. In death, we become so much more keenly aware of this reality. The world is not as it should be. Sin has left its mark and the earth is in desperate need of restoration. It is in these moments where are souls long for this restoration. Not everyone is aware of this longing, but we know this world is broken. What hope is there as we sit in the cold hollow presence of death? It is in this moment where the Gospel provides such incredible hope! Before the foundations of the earth, God set forth a plan to restore this fallen and broken world. God sent his son Jesus to die in our place for our sin. He took on the curse of sin that was due to us. The perfect and sinless God-Man laid down his life as an atonement for sin. Because of Jesus' death, death's power is defeated! For those who trust in Christ we do not need to fear death because Christ has defeated it when he rose victoriously from the grave!
Now as we wait for his second coming we live in the tension between the already and not yet. Death is already defeated, but not yet destroyed for good. When Jesus returns those in Christ will be resurrected like our savior, and the curse of death will be removed forever!
As we lose our friends to death may we remember the horrific consequences of our sin. As we groan inwardly waiting to be restored, remember that Jesus has already won and praise him for His victory on the cross. For those of us who have placed our hope and faith in Jesus, we have a hope that will not fail! Take comfort in Christ and the promise of the Gospel!