Advent II – Day 22 - Death’s end
What a promise His return is for those who believe in our Lord Jesus, where those deeply held desires of seeing Christ face to face are made manifest, where our bodies go through the glorious transformation to be in fact a direct manifestation of Jesus, when wickedness sees it day of judgment, and mortality has its end, either giving way to immortality or eternal fire. And this will come to pass, more surely than the place in which we sit or stand exists, more real than the stars above, and our every breath. The more certain of God comes to pass, where death and taxes are no longer; Satan and hell finally fall by the way. And those who are found in Christ, and He in them, have such a victory; But for those who turn away from Him….only eternal fire awaits! The light of God brings life to all who choose its author, and the fear and sting of death (and sin), and all their comrades, becomes nothing, for Eternity in the fullness of life overcomes such darkness. Life triumphs.
There will be no wake for death, only celebration. Life is victorious, and the righteousness of God prevails! Imagine, no more death or decay, only life and life abundantly. Almost impossible to comprehend? Certainly, but true regardless of our understanding. For the hearts that remain are full of love, and its overflow brings healing to creation.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79)
Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. (Psalm 45:3-6)
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:20-28)