The sadness, helplessness and the pure melancholy that comes with a loved one dying is not belittled here. In fact, it illuminates our frailty and the temporariness of our existence.
One thing is clear though. While death is truly a mark of finality, it is by no means the end. It actually demonstrates a beginning; one that has no weakness, neither is it perishable – one that is eternal.
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. John 5:24 NLT
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. John 5:11 HCSB
I do not want to explore or justify the reason and the presence of death, but I want to point to the contrast it creates in truly appreciating life.
Many people are scared to die. Not because its painful, or because they will be leaving their loved ones behind, its the uncertainty of what comes after that freaks people out – the not knowing.
This is a subject that God has explored with us – even demonstrated it with His own Son:
But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Galatians 3:13 NLT
Jesus died and rose again, so that we may have the confidence that in Him – by believing in Him – the consequence of Death has no sway over what He has prepared for us:
“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NIV
Death, eventually will be destroyed in a future with no ending, no pain or sorrow.
But we can learn something from it – It is God who gives the finality – so we should approach Him boldly under the provisions granted by Jesus – and by doing so, abandoning death and all its representations.
That’s a great reason to keep walking.