We don’t like to be finite – here today and gone tomorrow. 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 mentions 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 from death would have been similar to putting a band aid on a cancerous ulcer. In other words, simply removing our physical aging process to give us immortality would have only 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.
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, leading us down the terrible path to isolation where we are utterly alone.
“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 and bring us back to communion with God. Believing in Him is the only effective antidote to sin and death. He bails us out for good. Believing in Him we have eternal life.