We are, whether we like it or not, all mortals. To be mortal implies that we are human and that our body is subject to death. Mortality is the condition of being certain to die eventually. Every human being is mortal and every human being will certainly die (if the Lord does not return first). Our mortality is not morbid, gloomy, gruesome or a subject to make us morose, miserable or uptight The fact that our human body, in its current state, is NOT eternal should not make us sad, but rather should make us ever the more thankful for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.
The only way we can make it through this life, handle the passing of loved ones and face the inevitable moment when we take our final breath is by grabbing hold of and steadfastly hanging on to the hope we have been given in God's Word. The apostle Paul gives extensive time to the subjects of both Christ's return as well as the resurrection. One of those places is the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 15. One of the problems Paul confronts in that chapter was the belief held by some that our human body will never die. This is absolutely NOT the definition of eternal life. To the contrary, our body of the flesh must be put away before we can be given our new body which is fashioned after the body of the resurrected Christ. Please look at 1 Corinthians 15:52, 54, 57, and 58:
52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
King James Version (KJV)
Older people are notorious for getting depressed about their impending death. They lose interest in living as they count the days until the end . This is so very sad and contrary to what the Word of God teaches. The proper attitude all of us should have is one of knowing that each day we live means we are one day closer to being with the Lord Jesus Christ forever. Of course, if all we have is this life only, then the conclusion of this life is cause for extreme anxiety and depression. But, if we live for the moment when we stand before our Lord Jesus AS HE IS; then we are able to enjoy the victory God has given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Death is indeed swallowed up in victory when our mortality is replaced with immortality (never dying - eternal life). When the trumpet sounds and the dead in Christ are raised incorruptible and we which are alive are changed from being mortal to being immortal; that is when the fullness of our victory in Christ will be eternally manifested. In the twinkling of an eye (the time it takes to split an atom), we will be transformed from death unto eternal life. This hope is what allows us to work through physical pain, endure emotional stress and remain steadfast, unmoveable and abounding in the work of the Lord no matter what is happening around us or to us.
If each one of us would make the conscious effort to focus our yes on Jesus and only Jesus, we would spare ourselves the grief, turmoil and horrible consequences of focusing on this world instead of Jesus. This world will one day pass away and be replaced with a new earth wherein dwells only righteousness. Until that day, we must remain immune from this world's negativity, apathy, fear and over emphasis on material things. As we turn our eyes away from this world and focus them on Jesus, we will be filled with joy unspeakable and the peace which passes all understanding.
It is incredibly difficult to not get entangled in this life. It is extremely hard to not become negative, upset by and distracted by all that is going on around us daily. In order to remain faithful to our calling and maintain fellowship with God, we must strive to look only upon Him and not dwell on the world around us. May we all resolve to put forth our best effort in remaining steadfast no matter what is happening around or to us. I pray we all take to heart the words of this wonderful old hymn; Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus :
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Helen H. Lemmel 1922 - Public Domain
Thank you for this inspirational blog, Kirk! What keeps leaping out at me from its content is the quote below:
"The only way we can make it through this life, handle the passing of loved ones and face the inevitable moment when we take our final breath is by grabbing hold of and steadfastly hanging on to the hope we have been given in God's Word. The apostle Paul gives extensive time to the subjects of both Christ's return as well as the resurrection. One of those places is the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 15. One of the problems Paul confronts in that chapter was the belief held by some that our human body will never die. This is absolutely NOT the definition of eternal life. To the contrary, our body of the flesh must be put away before we can be given our new body which is fashioned after the body of the resurrected Christ. Please look at 1 Corinthians 15:52, 54, 57, and 58:"
"In moment, in the twinkling of an eye,"... from verse 52... everything changes! Wow! How great! :wink:
I have heard Christians speak of their physical life disdainfully and prattle on and on about how glad they will be when they die. Truthfully, this sort of talk always seems to come out of the mouths of people who appear to be in no danger of dying anytime soon. They may think this sort of talk is pleasing to God but I don't think it does. Life is a precious gift God has given us and we have no business behaving like it is garbage. Most people, until their last moments when they are completely worn down by pain and suffering, discover that they very much want to live. That's how God designed us. Otherwise we would all be walking out in front of buses and things like that, LOL!
When I was going through cancer treatment, I discovered how much I wanted my physical life to continue. I still do. That being said, however, I also look forward to that day when I will step out of this old, sick and worn-out body into a new one that will never be subjected to sickness, pain, injury, age and death. What a glorious day that will be when we will be changed and turn our eyes upon Jesus forevermore.