Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Businesses all have one thing in common, regardless of what they are set up for. They all have a start and an end. Some don’t last more than a few months. Others might last well over a century. Regardless, eventually, they will all come to end. What happens then?
Our lives are very much the same. We are born, we live for a period, and then our lives come to an end. What happens after that? On the physical plane, we are mourned, there is a funeral or memorial service, and eventually those who are left behind go on with their lives. It is not that they become calloused or uncaring. Nor is it that they no longer love the person who has died. It is simply that they can not continue to mourn if they expect for their lives to continue.
My grandfather died recently. His death came as a shock, but there is nothing we can do about it. He will still be loved and missed for years to come. However, we must all continue on with our lives. It may sound cruel, but that is just the way it is.
What about those who have died? What about them? Business that die don’t continue.
True. A business has no further existence once its doors are closed for good. However, it is possible that somebody may eventually come along and revive a business, as now may be the case for the Heathkit company. For us humans, it is a slightly different story. Death is a little different for a human than it is for a business.
Christians, regardless of denomination, have something special in common. We all believe that someday, there will be a resurrection. Indeed, in the Gospel of John, we read of the death of a man named Lazarus. It is only in John’s Gospel that we read anything about this, and there is very little to read. Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha (whom I have written of before), and he was apparently well acquainted with them. However, the Gospel of John records what is possibly a tragic event for the two sisters, their brother had died. I am certain we can all relate to what they likely felt.
Somehow Christ Jesus was aware of this, and eventually (four days had passed) come to see the two sisters. Jesus then did something very surprising. He had them take him to the tomb. He had told Mary that her brother would live again. She affirmed that on the last day he would be raised up. However, Jesus then said something rather shocking. He said very plainly, as recorded in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”. Jesus then called for the removal of the stone, and then calls Lazarus out of the tomb, much to the shock of everyone.
However, it was not enough for him to simply raise Lazarus from the grave. Lazarus would eventually die again. There was only one way to put an end to death. Jesus would have to die upon the cross, be buried, and then rise from the grave himself, thus forever defeating the power of sin, death, and the devil (Satan did have a hand in bringing death into the world when he tricked Eve into eating the fruit).
Thus it is, for the Christian, death is not the end. We have the hope that we shall be raised from the death. It is because of that hope we can go on when a loved one has died. Certainly we are left behind, and yet we know that our loved ones who trusted Christ Jesus will live with him in his kingdom forever. So too, shall we who trust in Christ Jesus for salvation and forgiveness of sins, live in the kingdom of God for all eternity.
Yes, the life of a business eventually has to end. So, too, does the life of a human. However, once a business is gone, is not usually brought back. However, God has promised that he shall raise up all of us, with those who trust Christ living in his kingdom forever.
This is the blessed hope that we who are Christians have.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.