1 Corinthians 15:55-57: “’Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We don’t like to be finite – here today and gone tomorrow. There is something deeply disturbing about it.

So, we have been fighting back. Battling against all kinds of diseases, people with access to medical services generally live a little longer. Still, nobody has found a pill to combat mortality.

It has never been a problem for God to change our physical make up. Actually, He thought about that. The story of our creation in the beginning of the Bible talks about it. He could have turned us immortal in a split second, but that is really no good solution (Genesis 3:22):

“And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ ”

Bailing us out of death would have just placed a band aid on a cancerous situation. In other words, simply removing our physical aging process to give us immortality would have made matters worse.

Imagine everybody would have stayed alive in this deeply dysfunctional state that we are in; can you imagine the resulting chaos? Even though death feels unnatural to us – and it is: we were not meant to die – death does damage control.

Nevertheless, the introduction of death to creation was meant to be only a temporary solution. Meanwhile, God has come through for us and has changed the nature of death forever. The period signifying the end of a sentence has turned into a semicolon. Death, the ultimate end, has become a prelude.

What happened?

Jesus happened.

To redeem us from death, Jesus had to address our emancipation from the Godhead, which is sin. Sin has many terrible outlets, but the root cause of all sin is independence from God.

Freedom and independence are words often used interchangeably. However, complete independence brings complete isolation.  If I didn’t need a soul I would not need to be inspired by any outside source. Completely self-sufficient, I would not need access to any sort of help.

I’d be all by myself – utterly alone.

That’s hell.

Without any interaction there is no “we”; there is only “I”, and “I” is the loneliest word I know. Interestingly, even the Godhead is Three. There is simply no benefit in being alone.

Jesus came to redeem us from isolation. Being reintroduced to communion with the Godhead is the only effective antidote to sin and death. And that’s exactly how freedom is spelled.

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