Death?Last, But Not Worst

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 15:37-41

The most certain of certainties is our own death. The mortality rate among humans isn’t just high; it’s 100%. Nobody’s getting out of here alive. “There is a time to be born,” says Ecclesiastes, “and there is a time to die” (3:2).

Jesus experienced that most certain of certainties. He didn’t lapse into a 72-hour coma. He didn’t just appear to die. He didn’t die physically and remain alive spiritually. He died, just like you and I will someday. His life came to a crunching halt. Fini. Kaput. The Big Sleep. “Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last.” He was dead. So when that final certainty comes at last for you and me, we can’t say that our Jesus doesn’t know what we are experiencing. He knows. He died.

God never said that we wouldn’t “walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” only that when we did he would be with us. God never said that bad things wouldn’t happen to us, only that the worst thing wouldn’t happen. The worst thing that can happen to you isn’t death. Death isn’t the worst thing. It’s just the last thing. The worst thing that could happen is that somehow believers might slip out of God’s hands, and somehow fall beyond the reach of his grace and love. But that won’t happen.

PRAYER

For me you died on the cross to give eternal life. Amen.