Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for November 10: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 148; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17; Luke 20:27-40
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.
Recently I attended the funeral of a woman who had come to mean a lot to me. She was a faithful follower of Christ and a dear neighbour. Since her death, I have found it very easy to focus on the hole in my life without her, as well as, the fact that her once so lively, active body was delivered back to the earth- earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. How fleeting life seems. It’s so easy to focus on one’s physical death, as if this life is all there is.
However, as we read this week’s readings, we can be assured that, although we humanly see the separation and lifelessness that comes with our physical death, God does not ever see us dead. In Christ, whether we walk this earth, or are present with him in eternity, we are alive. The act of death seems to be strictly a doorway that a person must walk through. It does not have the ultimate power over who we are and the life we have.
Our God has always been a God of the living. We were never meant to have to die however sin brought death, and thankfully God even overcame our death through Christ’s redemption. Therefore, through Christ, with God we are alive whether living this earthly life or walking in eternity. What comfort, joy, and hope we can have. Our sorrow is not one of hopelessness, for we are not grieving eternal death from our loved ones, but simply temporary separation.
Will we miss and grieve the passing of our loved ones? Absolutely! But we have hope in the victory we have over death. We can be assured that we are alive in Christ now and always, and so are our loved ones. We can rejoice in our eternal life which we are living in this world and the next. For God is a God of the living, not the dead!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank-you for being a God of the living. Help us to always remember that in Christ death has no power over us. We are alive in you always and forever. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!