Death is final and brings about futility. We are here today and gone tomorrow. Nobody likes that. We don’t want to be trashed!
So we’ve been fighting back. We’ve been exploring the human body. We’ve been battling against all kinds of diseases with some mild success: people with access to medical services generally live 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 that. He could have turned us immortal in a split second, but that’s 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 – all the way back to Adam and Eve – would have stayed alive in this deeply dysfunctional state that we’re in; can you imagine the resulting chaos? Even though death feels unnatural to us – and it is: we were not meant to die – death helps contain the chaos we’ve created.
Nevertheless, the introduction of death to creation was only a temporary solution. God did intervene and with that the nature of death has forever changed. Instead of being the ultimate end – not unlike a period signifying the end of a sentence – death became a prelude. Again, in terms of punctuation we could compare death to a semicolon.
To redeem us from death, Jesus had to go to the root cause, the root cause which originally introduced death into God’s creation – our emancipation from the Godhead.
Freedom and independence are words often used interchangeably. In all reality, however, independence is a curse; by no means does independence bring us freedom. Complete independence brings complete isolation without any interaction at all. If we didn’t need anybody – or perhaps I should say: if I didn’t need anybody – because there is no “we” in complete independence – well, then I would be self-sufficient. I would not need to be inspired by any outside source; I would not need access to any sort of help.
I’d be all by myself – utterly alone.
And that describes the progressing isolation process of the modern world. Family structures loosen. We are interconnected more via virtual reality – our internet and phones – than by physical reality. Our world becomes a little colder every day.
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 death. And that’s how freedom is spelled.