More to life


The stark realization of death, its permanence, its deafening silence and its sadness makes the death of a loved one especially difficult.   When loved ones leave us we find that our hearts ache more deeply than we might have ever known they could.  I’m convinced that God and Christ know this too and can see and feel all our hurts and pains.  A great hymn declares “Jesus knows and Jesus cares.”  
When Lazarus died, Scripture tells us Jesus wept (John 11:35) but not for the same reason that Mary and Martha were weeping.  They could only see loss at this moment of time, but He knew that He had the power of the resurrection and that all the deaths of all the faithful are not the greatest tragedies at all.  Yet he wept, no doubt for the pain his friends were feeling at that moment. Thus, while He can feel the feelings of our infirmities, and even weep with us, He can also say to us similar to what he said in Luke 8:52 concerning the ruler of the synagogue’s daughter “Weep Not; She is not dead, but sleepeth.”
To us death may seem like an eternal sleep, but indeed the Bible assures us it is not!  There will be a resurrection morn, and all the redeemed of all ages will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and forever be with him in that city he has gone to prepare for us.  John 5:28-29 (KJV) ²⁸“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, ²⁹And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”  Also, read 1 Thess. 4:13-18.
So we can understand why the Psalmist declared in Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”  For God to see death as precious when life seems so compelling, there must really be something special out there that awaits us; and, indeed there is.   To many people, this life is all that there is in this world.  To many, life itself is the only reason they have to live for; just being alive, then we die and it’s all over.   How sad a view of life to think that this is all there is!
Certainly, we understand, as did our Lord, there is within most of us this desire to stay here, in this life, to survive, to be with loved ones, to watch our grandchildren grow up, to live!   But there must be more, more to life than this –  because the truth is that in this life there is much heartache.  Life is full of struggles.   If all we had to live and hope for was this life, no resurrection morn, Paul said “we would be of all men most miserable.” (1 Cor. 15:19).
It takes a mature Christian who can see that there is more to life than just being here to be able to say as did the Apostle Paul, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).
And again, he writes:  2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV) ¹⁶ “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. ¹⁷For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, ¹⁸while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

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