Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
The Christian should not mourn as others do. Christ has brought the truth of immortality into light. Weshouldo familiarize our minds with the Christian understanding of death. One of the areas made most clear by Christ is the understanding of believer’s fate after death. We should learn to look at death in the light of Christ’s teachings. Sadly, too many Christians have never entered into the peace of mind offered by the Savior’s victory over the grave. Here in the account of the raising of the ruler’s daughter we have a beautiful illustration of the way our Lord wants us to look at death.
When we mourn over our dead He says, “They are not dead, but sleeping. Why do you make an uproar and weep?” Our Christian friends who have died have only passed away out of our sight. They have not ceased to be. Even their bodies only sleep. As a mother in the morning calls her children and awakes them, so Christ will some day call up from their graves all who sleep in him.
Sleep is not a painful experience. It renews and strengthens the weary body. In the same way the sleep of death is a time of rest and renewal. The calling of this child back from death, and her restoration to her friends, represented what Christ will do for all his people at the end. He will restore friend to friend, and bind up again the broken fragments of households.
There is one point, however, in which the raising of this young girl does not illustrate the final resurrection of believers. She was brought back to resume the old life of toil, struggle, temptation, and sadness; ultimately to die again. But in the final resurrection believers shall rise to a new, glorious, and immortal life, without sadness or sin, in the fullness of life, joy, and blessing.
Apply This To Your Life Today… How does your understanding of death influence the way you live your life? How does this understanding change your fears about death?