Weekly Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn Sennitt –
“I Am the Resurrection and the Life”
If you were to inspect the gravestones of people who first colonised you would notice that those who’d departed this world were often as young as five or six. Imagine being in a place where death was ‘normal’ for children. In many ways, we have become used to death because it’s been with us for so long. Today in the west, euthanasia (legalised suicide) is now on the cards as people just want to give up on life because they cannot handle death. This is a marked contrast with people in less developed countries, who have to fight for life because it can be taken from them any minute.
Death causes us to savour life and to assess what is really valuable (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Psalm 90:12); but what a cost to pay to learn such lessons! Why do we need to learn wisdom by death?! If only Eve had not brought death into the world by seeking to have God’s wisdom, there would be a much easier way to learn it. Through death comes judgement (Genesis 3:11-24, Hebrews 9:27).
For Jesus, death was abominable. No matter how many times He witnessed death, it made Him so sick, including His own impending death. Why? Because death divorces us from one another and symbolises the consequences of our alienation from God as it literally decomposes the flesh is fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. How can anyone get used to that?
This understanding of death helps us appreciate how valuable Jesus’ statement is when He said “I Am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25). In Him is life in abundance because death could not hold Him down! If it cannot hold Him down, then it will not hold us down. When we get to heaven how wonderful it will be to never see death and decay! There will be eternal youth and the word ‘Goodbye’ will never ever be spoken, and we can get on with life without it vanishing away before our eyes. Death will be a forgotten thing of the past.
But resurrection and endless life can only come by life with Jesus; if you trust only in Him, you will be with people for whom “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
God bless, Pastor Haydn.