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Peace about the journey

Thank you for your support and prayers over the last two weeks, indeed the Lord has been very gracious to us. My dad will be discharged tomorrow, which is great news, but his condition is terminal. We all have such peace about this journey (including my dad) and are reminded of the frailty of life and the hope of new life. Paul writes a comforting letter to the church at Corinth, preparing them for the pain that comes from losing a loved one, and highlighting the theology of life and death. (1 Cor 15:16-26). This passage brings out three distinct points that he makes:

1. THE LAST ENEMY v26 “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
There is an enemy that we must all face: the end of this life in this body. Death has a 100% success rate. No matter what we do, we can’t escape it. As Jim Morrison famously said “No one here gets out alive”. Kane Tanaka from Japan passed away two weeks ago, having lived for…. 119 years! She was born the same year the Wright brothers brought powered flight to the world. Yet, eventually she died. As Christians we have our hope and focus set on a new heaven and earth, and live as citizens of this country (Peter says we live as aliens and strangers) and not only as citizens of this world. If my focus is only on this life I will be prone to fear death, and be preoccupied with self, materialism and success for this life alone.

2. THE FIRST RESURRECTION v20 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
In the OT there were these strange prophecies about a GODman who would rise from the dead. Ps 16:10 “you will not let your Holy One see decay”. The Greek word for resurrection means to ‘stand up again’. For the first time in history, someone rose again who would never taste death. Jesus broke the CURSE OF DEATH, being the “first fruits” (prototype) of a new human that will live in a new heaven & earth as a King that brings shalom.
The beauty of this, is that by believing in Jesus, what happened to him, happens to me!

3. OUR RESURRECTION v22 “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
In Jesus, we are made alive, living as citizens of the future HEarth now. We have become partakers of this new life, bringing God’s presence wherever we go. What a privilege and responsibility. As Maximus once said “What we do now echoes in eternity.” 

May we be a people who do not fear physical death or suffering, but who rather know the outcome and live as God’s image in a broken and distorted world.

Love Mark

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