This was Spike Milligan’s epitaph. He is not the first one to try and squeeze a joke out of death.
One of the french kings forbade the mention of death in his’ presence. Many think that while every one else dies, they will be the exception.To put away the thought of death men and women go to extraordinary lengths. Feverish activity is spent in health food and fads and exercise.These things may prolonge life but cannot stop the inevitable.
Some dice with death and try to cheat it as if this will make it easier when it comes.All in vain.
The Christian is only human and feels many of these fears at one time or another.They also know that there are worse things than death itself.While hell is seldom mentioned it is still there.
I suggest instead of dwelling on our own death we should look at Christ’s death.
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
To have someone go ahead of you makes the journey easier. When that person tears down the thorns and sorrows which stand in the way , there is far less to fear.
God’s wrath with the believers’ sin was fully spent on Christ as our surety. death has become the door by which Christians enter into life.
Air in the Lungs
I am no longer keen on the “Power of Positive thinking” doctrine.
I do remember Norman Vincent Peale recounting the story of his’ nearly drowning.Falling into a pond or something and not being able to swim a stroke, he could only dive to the bottom ,wait till he floated to the top and take a gulp of air. He knew as long as he had air in his’ lungs he would always float to the surface.
In the same way, as long as we have faith in Christ and prayer in our lives we know that we will eventually surface from the depths we sink into.
Hot and Cold with the same Mouth.
One of Aesop’s fables has the story of Satyr who befriends a man. The man’s fingers are cold so he blows on them to warm them. Later he eats some porrige and blows on it to cool it. the satyr says that he can no longer be his’ friend.
“I can no longer consider you as a friend,” said the Satyr, “a fellow who with the same breath blows hot and cold.
James in his’ letter ,the third chapter, draws attention to the same problem, our tongue and speech.
9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?…
Also our moods change ,we are joyful in the Lord one minute and and despairing the next. We are speaking of Christ and heavenly things one minute and grumbling and grousing the next.
No one finds it easy to walk consistently and speak blessing with every word. but we need to be mindful of our real shortcomings in these areas. We need help and grace for this and in every time of need.Thank God has made it available in Christ.
Things are not made to last today. In fact many people think that goods are being made specifically to last a few years, wear out and break down. Then we are compelled to by another one to replace it. Also an updated , more modern appliance or device ,makes the old one obsolete or unusable so we have to buy the new one to replace it.
This world has a used by date as well.
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1John2:17 New living translation.
The old things are passing away. to content ourselves with the ” googols, gizmos and gimcracks”, of this world, and not seek eternal thing is the height of folly.
Use them by all means but remember they are but for a moment.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4:18 N.I.V.
“Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.”