July 31, 2020 – Matthew 22:29-33
“She was so kind.”
“He was so thoughtful.”
“She was hilarious!”
“He always knew how to make me smile ... ”
These are the things we say when we’re grieving the loss of someone we loved.
It’s strange, though, isn’t it? Talking about someone in past tense? For that person’s entire life, we talked about what they do, who they are and how they live. In an instant, it’s about the “did,” “were” and “lived.”
It hurts, and “hurts” is in present tense because death feels final, making me wonder if the future will hurt, too.
But in the present pain, I am reminded of an eternal God.
Jesus says in Matthew 22:31-32, “But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead—haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead.”
I mourn death. I absolutely despise it, but in it, we see God smashing through the barriers between past, present and future.
The one you loved is still alive. That’s true for me, too, because Jesus is the God of the living.
Questions for reflection:
- How does Jesus’ perspective on death compare to ours?
- How does Jesus’ perspective on death help us when we grieve the loss of a loved one?