23 Mar The Pangs of Death
“God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” – Acts 2:24
We can control many things in life—what we eat, where we work, where we live—but there is one thing we cannot control: death. For some, death comes sudden and unexpectedly, while others suffer for a long time, knowing that death is near. For all of us, death holds us fear and will ultimately be the victor. Yet for the Christian, we know that death does not have the final word. We look forward to Easter Sunday where Jesus is victorious over death. Paul in Romans 6 says if you have been united with Christ in his death, you and therefore united with Christ in his resurrection. Jesus has loosed the pangs of death, it holds no more power over Him, and if you abide in Christ, the pangs of death will not be the champion of your life—Christ will.
For the sake of reflection, meditate upon these two questions today:
- Do you find yourself constantly worried about death? Does Jesus’ victorious work over death bring a source of comfort to you?
- If Jesus’ resurrection means you too will be resurrected, how does that change your outlook on pain, suffering and even death?