THERE IS NO ‘WAS ALIVE’!
For to this end Christ died and lived again that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:9
Both my parents are in heaven. Both of my husband’s parents are in heaven, too. In speaking of them and recalling favorite memories, it’s easy to say, “When my mother was alive, she did such and such.” The truth is, my mother’s life never ended and there is no ‘was’. She is alive. She is God’s daughter and though her body died, her soul never skipped a beat. It left her bodily shell and flew to Jesus. How well I remember my mother’s face, moments after she died at age 64, and it was so obvious that the essence of her had left. I was looking at an empty container.
The Sadducees of Jesus’ day tried to trap Jesus with a question about a physical resurrection from the dead. They believed it to be foolish. Jesus told them they were wrong for two reasons: 1.)They didn’t know their scriptures very well. And, 2.)They didn’t comprehend the power of God. He quoted Exodus 3:6. “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” The “I Am” is in the present tense, telling all those who study the scriptures that those who die in Christ are still alive.
For any of you who are getting ready to say a temporary goodbye to someone you love, it might appear that they are going to the great unknown. They are not. The God of the Universe takes His children home, off of foreign duty. The same One who provided for them as ambassadors on alien soil, with orders to rule the earth, is the same One who rules the heavens and carries them safely to His arms. They, and we, are safe in life and in death. They, and we, are alive in life and in death.
I can’t see them just as I can’t see You. But I know You’re there. I ascribe, again, that You have all power over life and death. I can’t comprehend it but I rest in it. I ache for my own homegoing. Amen