To all our friends, loved ones, and those who have experienced evil’s shadow this past year…
Death is abrasive. The soul screams it is wrong, and rightly so. Life is sacred. The weight of the sacred torn is felt at the mouth of the grave. Cast under death’s shadow the mind wanders as the memories shared reel as a cinema frame by frame. The reflections have a way of piercing light through death’s shadow to force out a smile. That light is grace to the believers in Jesus Christ and to be an awakening to the unbeliever, should they allow it to have its perfect work.
Death the antipathy of life. Death is evil’s perfect work, the payment in full (Romans 6:23). Even the stalwarts of faith shutter at deaths encounter. The flesh recoils from it, though it cannot avoid it. But God. He alone gives grace in grief. Beauty for the ash death leaves behind (Isaiah 61:3) and turns the despair into a settled joy that will not let go. We mourn. God mourned (John 3:16; Matthew 27:46).
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus Christ was wounded so that eternal life would set free the soul from evil. For this reason, the Lord delights in the death of His saints (Psalm 116:15). For when His redeemed come to dwell in His eternal presence, His pain, His suffering, His death has been turned in to the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus did not come to redeem Evil’s repercussions on the Earth.
Jesus Christ came to redeem the soul of the sinner to Himself and offer eternal life.
To each who once again feel the curse of death, find peace in the God of all comforts to keep your mind and heart stayed on Him (2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Isaiah 26:3).
I encourage you:
- If an atheist or agnostic, to ponder more on your questions, don’t neglect them. The elevation of ‘self’, self-truth, is a powerful god.
- If of a different faith, there is no god who is like our God, who subjected Himself to evil’s perfect work, yet overcomes evil with good because He loves you. Many have walked your ‘faith’, and yet been transformed by Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14).
- If a fellow believer, though Earth is not our final home, remember grief with perspective is a proper necessity. We grieve a different grief. Emotionally painful, yes; even deep sorrow, but our hope prevents a severing kind of sorrow. For we know, a day is pending when we will meet the Lord together (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
written by Michelle Kelso Kafer