…the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. – Romans 4:17
What a powerful statement – Life to the Dead!
God is the One who gives Life to the Dead. With a word, He makes something out of nothing.
What a weird thing to do – for God to give Abraham the promise of a son, only to command him to sacrifice that same son. (Genesis 22)
What an odd thing to do – for God to have His Son born, only to send Him to die on a shameful cross.
But death is NEVER the last word or act when it comes to God being involved.
Even with our good Christian upbringing, death never seems like a good thing. I’ve been in church most of my life. My grandfather was a pastor. My earliest memories are being in church. Still, even with a life of faith filled belief in God, death has never been something agreeable or wanted.
Death is like – the end. It’s over. There is no more. All we have are memories, stories, and pictures.
But God gives Life to the Dead!
Death is The End…
…the end of our control, our understanding, our ability to make things better.
Death is The Beginning…
…of God’s control, of the redemptive–restorative work of Creator God, of God making something out of nothing – or making something out of what has been destroyed into nothing.
As people of faith in Christ, risen from the dead by the Life Giving Word of God Almighty, we can say like Paul…
“Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” – 1 Corinthians 15:55
Don’t be afraid of death – whether it be literal physical death, or whether it be the death of a situation, chance, relationship, job, future, etc.