Thursday, April 18, 2013

And this is life. True life.

One of my closest friends has beautiful niece. That is dying. She is 31 years old. Has been married for 1.5 years. Has a 6 month old baby boy.

And she is dying.

Like all of us.

She just has a glimpse into the future...and knows how short her time left is.

As I have watched this journey from afar...I have seen what a Christian's death should look like.  The ultimate surrender into something perfected and beautiful.

I have been left spell bound at the courage...and perhaps more than human courage...the vision. The sight of what is absolutely more concrete...more authentic...than anything we can see with human eyes.

My friend and I were talking this morning and we talked about 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 5:1-17

New International Version (NIV)

Awaiting the New Body

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

What struck me while she read this passage is  verse 4.  "so that what is mortal...may be swallowed up by life".  

Woah.  What?

This isn't defeat? Dying isn't 'cancer winning'...?

Loud and clear I heard "LIFE wins".  True life.  

When Jesus died and rose again we SAW his life winning. We saw that he defeated death.  We saw the evidence of the resurrection.  But when a born again believer dies...we only see the death.  Oh...but let not your heart be troubled.  Life wins.  You can't see the resurrection...but the moment death happens...Life 'swallows it up'.  Everything Christina was created for...begins.  Death is just the doorway into her real life.  Heaven is so real.

This blogger wrote about Christina and I wanted to share her post:

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