I am forever changed by grief, but grief is not the full measure of my life in Christ. “GLEANINGS from Claudia — The Abiding Life” explores this life attached to the One True Vine.
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Easter is by far my favorite holiday of the year. It isn’t about eggs, or bunnies, or chocolate, or fancy clothing –although I take delight in all of that. Rather it is about the incredibly amazing truth that life wins!
When you ponder mankind it is so clear how much of our lives are consumed in either fearing or trying to outsmart death. Our culture is oriented to avoid death at all costs. We spend billions on exercise machines and memberships, drugs and doctors, facelifts and cosmetics, and all kinds of insurance. While much of what we do isn’t inherently wrong, often that which compels us to do it is a deep-seated faithless fear of aging and death. We so often live our lives caught in fearing death and thereby experience the loss of true life that comes with abiding in fear. We are so consumed with fear of death that in a real way we experience death every day. Christ changes all of that. He conquers death and by living again offers us that same power exerted in Him!
I’m participating in Easter Choir this year and one of the songs we are singing includes this line: “Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling over death by death, Come awake! Come awake! Come and rise up from the grave!” I love the line “Trampling over death by death!” Death – the very thing that causes us the greatest fear is the thing that Jesus experienced to conquer death. It is the greatest and most beautiful paradox of all time! Jesus entered into that which we fear to prove that eternal life is true. Jesus entered into that which we will also enter into, unless He should come again first, to prove that we too can have eternal life in Him. Today in and through Jesus Christ I experience life – eternal life — and that together with all of the Saints for all of time. Incredible!
Can’t you just picture Satan taking immense satisfaction in the death of Christ only to realize a short time later that the very thing that should have brought him victory brought his final defeat?! Our God is awesome and amazing and I PRAISE HIM!
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes — I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25-27