I also got to talk with my wife without a child running around whining, and seeking our attention. It was great to have time to reconnect, talk and just relax.
Even Greater Things..
In case you thought I would end this entire series on death, you were mistaken. There is much more to come.
Before I can conclude with those things, I need to set up the contrast.
As I've said before Death is the enemy of God, it seperates us from him. Anyone who is dead can no longer have a relationship with anything. Anyone who is dead is simply gone. This is why God hates death. It prevents us from having a relationship with him. It wastes all the effort he went into in creating each of us, for we become as though we never existed and all that was invested is gone.
Thank GOD for Christ who reunites us with God by destroying death!
1 Cor 15:22-26
22 For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, in Christ, shall all be vivified.23 Yet each in his own class: the Firstfruit, Christ; thereupon those who are Christ's in His presence;
24 thereafter the consummation, whenever He may be giving up the kingdom to His God and Father, whenever He should be nullifying all sovereignty and all authority and power.
25 For He must be reigning until He should be placing all His enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy is being abolished: death.
This is the purpose for which God brought death into the world through Adam. We could never appreciate the resurrection unless we had death as it's contrast. We could never embrace the relationship with God unless we were first barred from it.
We could never appreciate the goodness of God, unless we first saw what it was that was it's opposite.
The Bible, especially the New Testament refers to death frequently as "repose". To repose is simply to be asleep. When someone is asleep, they no longer have a relationship with the world around them. They are, for all intents and purposes, temporarily dead.
We, and all creation is living out this story of death and life. Act 1 - Creation, Act 2- Death, and FINALLY Act 3- Resurrection!!!!
1 Cor 15:51-57
51 Lo! a secret to you am I telling! We all, indeed, shall not be put to repose, yet we all shall be changed,52 in an instant, in the twinkle of an eye, at the last trump. For He will be trumpeting, and the dead will be roused incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal put on immortality.
54 Now, whenever this corruptible should be putting on incorruption and this mortal should be putting on immortality, then shall come to pass the word which is written, Swallowed up was Death by Victory.
55 Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?
56 Now the sting of Death is sin, yet the power of sin is the law.
57 Now thanks be to God, Who is giving us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Glory be to Jesus and His Father!