I was in first grade when our teacher told us one morning that one of our class mates had just passed away. I was shocked! Subsequently, I began pondering about the end of my own existence. The only trouble was: I could not wrap my head around the idea that on any given day my life would come to a screeching halt, and I would cease to exist. I was wondering: do we really evaporate into thin air? Is there nothing left of us when we die?
Death just didn’t make much sense to my little heart back then. It really never does, and rightly so, because we’re not set up that way. An interesting verse in the book of Ecclesiastes talks about how human hearts are wired (Ecclesiastes 3:11):
“He [God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”
Like a watchmaker setting the clock as he is laboring over his handiwork – apparently our Creator has “timed” our hearts; and our heart clock is set on eternity. Evidently, eternity is in our DNA. Man is meant to live forever – implying that we are not a fluke, here today, gone tomorrow.
Why would we live forever if there was no purpose to our life? I would venture to say that we actually do matter; our life does have a purpose and death is detrimental to this purpose. I believe that’s why Jesus hates death. And as the Author of Life it was His mission to put an end to death by conquering it! The tomb stone was rolled away, and Jesus emerged from the grave, the physical evidence that He had overcome our worst enemy.
We all have to face our physical departure one day when our body gives out and our heart stops beating. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that our physical passing is not the ultimate end. If our life story had to be written down, death would be the mere beginning of our book; there are still countless pages waiting to be filled. What a wonderful prospect that is!
Thanks to Jesus, death is not the end but just the beginning. He’s waiting on the other side. Do we believe that?
“Through desert sand to the Promised Land; it’s where we’re gonna see His face, it’s where we’re gonna find a place to live a great tomorrow.” (A Great Tomorrow by Bill & Evelyn Snyder)