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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

God Talk: Vulnerable

It's almost absurd to indulge in personal grief when there's tragedy taking place within television distance.
Flooding so close to home, earthquake across the Tasman, earthquake in Japan just to name a few high profile natural disasters. That's not including murderous despots committing genocide on their own people. It's stark and we've become constant spectators of such horrors. Witnessing the death and destruction on a 24/7 news cycle can be shattering.

How does one cope with knowing that human beings are so vulnerable to outside forces beyond our control?

I've often heard it said that the planet is fragile, but in truth, it's us... humans that are subject to the effects of nature, and everchanging circumstances. Pondering over this, my mind turned to Jesus' reaction to Lazarus' death in John 11.
When Jesus saw his friends, Mary and Martha grieving for their brother, the text tells us that he was troubled:

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. (John 11:33 ESV)

And when he was brought to the tomb, we are told that

Jesus wept.

The shortest verse in the Bible but certainly no less meaningful. Two such poignant words. God, in human flesh, grieved with us and for us.

He, himself, would later experience death in the worst possible way. Yet he did it voluntarily for love of the Father and love of sinful humans who would become God worshippers. By dying he would defeat death and its devastating effects.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV)
And there's hope, when Jesus returns...

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:      

    “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

    “O death, where is your victory?
     O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:54-58 ESV)
That's how I get through from one day to the next.

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