“Nothing is certain but death and taxes” – Sometime after the fall of mankind Adam proclaimed this factual utterance. The consequence of sin is death and therefore the consequence of life is taxes. This quote has been around for a long time and it is difficult to track down its actual origins so I’ll just assume Adam said it.
We’re in the middle of the political season and the internet is being flooded with bloggers who are spilling out their factual opinions about the proper ways in which our country should be ran. Being the person with strong political interests that I am, I’d rather talk about something more important. Death.
I am currently in Wichita Falls, Tx where I gave the first 18 years of my life. Pretty much all of my family is here, living within a few miles of one another. We have had a lot of meals together and not just on holidays. We have come to another transition point in our family history. My Grandma Marjorie is coming to the end of her life.
While I’ll be sad that my precious Grandmother has passed from this life, I know that she will take hold of the promise that was given in the resurrection of Christ. As we looked at a few weeks ago in 1 Corinthians 15, if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ didn’t raise either. The Gospel…the Good News…the Hope that we, as followers of Jesus, have…is that death, the consequence of sin, has been conquered on our behalf.
I was looking at my sweet Grandma and had 15:42-44 in mind. She is perishing. There is nothing honorable about the way she looks or what is going on in her body. She is incredibly weak and can’t really even open her eyes. This is the body she was born with. But! She will be raised imperishable, glorified, in power, with a spiritual body. She will be made new again, not with a body that any of us can conceive of, but with a body that has been glorified with Christ.
My Grandmother, who is weak and feeble, was clothed with Christ years ago. She has fought the good fight. She has finished the race. Being clothed with the imperishable, with immortality, “Death has been swallowed up in victory!” because of Christ. “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” “Thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
My beautiful Grandma is ready to be done with this life. She is a beautiful woman of God, warrior in prayer, and the embodiment of the servant Christ. Though she will be missed and this will be a difficult transition for our family, she has victory in Christ and in that we find peace.