Journey's End?

Chic Broersma

READ : 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

The dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (v. 52)

We watched on television and automatically prayed. The Haitian woman had been
sandwiched between two layers of concrete for six days. Only her face was visible. Her
husband and skilled workers clawed at the stubborn cement, that, like a gray monster, was
pinning her down. She whispered to her husband, “If I die remember I love you and always
will.” Finally the concrete was lifted. She came out singing, wearing a smile as bright as
the sun. “What’s the song?” the cameraman asked. “Never be afraid to die,” she
answered.

We share a God-given instinct to cling to life. Even Jesus did. In his humanity he too
dreaded death. Yet, because Jesus died and rose again we need not fear death. With Paul we
ask, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” And we celebrate
the answer, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1
Cor. 15:55-56 NIV). What looks like journey’s end really isn’t. What looks like the final
curtain of our personal drama is really a doorway to more life than we’ve ever
experienced. In Phil Yancey’s words, “The irreversible (death) has been reversed.”

My prayer is that our journey together has helped bring you a clearer vision of where
you are in life today and a renewed sense of God as your traveling companion, the one who
empowers your journey.

PRAYER

O living Savior, because of you we may live and die without fear, knowing that eternal life is ours. Amen.