Every human being declines with age. It’s just a fact of life.
Death is a fact of life.
And of course to bring the subject up, sometimes causes us to be on the receiving end of the verbal dismissal of our fellow human beings.
Dismissal that can take the form of either a humorous quip or a serious rebuke.
“Don’t be morbid!” “Don’t bring the tone of the conversation down”. “Mr. Negative” and so on…
But it is a subject that cannot be ignored indefinitely. And must be thought about.
Whether it is brought up by an undertaker or old ‘Mr. Sobersides’ – it must eventually be examined to say the least.
We can ‘enjoy’ all the jokes about it. We can smile at the adjectives/puns we have invented to describe it, such as – ‘pushing up daisies’, or ‘popping your clogs’. [Why Dutch shoes only are chosen to be abandoned on death I do not know?].
To be ‘dead as a doornail’, is another reference to death. ‘Kicking the bucket’ yet another.
Why the action of ‘kicking a bucket’ just prior to
‘Popping our clogs’ is meant to happen – again, I do not know.
Why ‘doornails’ are needed after ‘kicking buckets’
and ‘popping clogs’ – I do not know either.
All this ‘helps’ cushion the blow of the idea of inevitable death – that we shall all experience.
But basically most (?) folks handle the thought of death either with humour, or some other means of ‘changing the subject’.
A great wave of death has swept our planet in the past few years.
With death comes – sorrow, hurt, pain, and the grieving process.
The Christian gospel addresses death – head on.
The bad news amongst the good news is this:
. …8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
We learn that there is death and then there is a second death, described in this verse of scripture.
Want to change the subject yet? How about a humorous quip to lessen the blow?
Some hold on to some ‘great idea’ that they are convinced is a great atheistic insight into the matter.
Some might even surmise, that science will change this second death fact?
Q. What’s it called again? A.The second death.
Well – any good news in the good news, instead of ‘old sobersides’ giving us the morbid outlook?
Yes there is:
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years
Q.: And what do we need – to qualify, in order to escape the second death?
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
A: ’Hear and overcome’ – overcome with God’s enablement, every high thought that exalts itself against Jesus Christ as Lord (II Corinthians 10/5).
And cling wholeheartedly to Jesus and He will enable us to overcome all adversity and (the second) death itself.
The scripture tells us that death has lost it’s sting:
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (I Corinthians 15/55)
The sting has, and can only be, removed by Christ Himself.
The power (sting) of death has been defeated at the cross, because sin that brings death and the second death, has been rendered powerless because Christ removed the penalty – punishment and – power of sin.
This is wonderful good news! The only thing that renders it ineffectual in a human’s life, is that individual’s, rejection of it. And of course this is rejection of Christ.
We can depart this life into death (the second death) – or into life (The Life of Christ).
His human life was given on the cross of calvary.
His Divine Life is given in a different sense, in the sense that The Life of The Holy Spirit comes to all who sincerely call upon His (Jesus’) name in prayer. Such shall be saved from sin, death and Gehenna.
Serious stuff. There is time for humour – Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones
The joy of The Lord and the assurance of Christ’s salvation has given me the greatest joy of my life.
Do I ever grieve then? Oh yes – I still live in a body of death* (there’s that* word again) (Romans 7/24).
But deep down inside – The Peace of God rules and gives me the biblical assurance that because of God’s unmerited favour I shall escape the sting (power) of death and the eventual dwelling place of the second death.
It would be joyous to know that someone paid heed to these words and searched for Christ with all of their heart.