Picture the Sahara desert. You see the great yellow expanse of sand and the heat waves rising above the parched landscape. In the distance you can see the blue mountains, that hint of water and lush forests, but you know they are just as desolate as the country around you. Suddenly your eye catches a smattering of blown out white in the glaring distance. You wonder if the glare and yellow sand is cheating your eyes. You draw near and realize it’s a pile of old bleached bones sandblasted bare; the skeleton of some poor creature long dead.
Rocks are old.
The universe is old.
We’re not old.
Paul Simon sings a song called Old.
Our bodies begin to die the moment we are conceived, but for the Christian, eternity begins the minute God’s gift of eternal life given by Jesus’ hand is accepted. When we say yes to Jesus we have suddenly ceased to die and the term, “getting old” has no relevance. You see, when we become a Christian and eternity begins, death becomes a graduation.
Now, this doesn’t mean our bodies won’t grow old, won’t break down, but it means we will be alive forever. With that in mind, do we really think 80 years is old? Even 200 years isn’t that old. The grave has lost its victory; there is no sting in death because we are ushered into a life where there is no decay.
Steven Curtis Chapman sings a better song, which is called The Great Adventure
But in case you’re wondering, there is a catch. Jesus tells us that if we love him, we will keep his commandments.
In the Old Testament, he tells his people that when we obey his commands he’ll bless us, which is equivalent to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”.
As we obey God, and follow his will he takes care of us, even when difficulties happen or we’re sick and our bodies are falling apart. It’s not we who are decaying; it’s just this canister that holds what we call “me” that is dying.
We’re going to live forever. We’re going to fly!
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