Think for a moment about something you enjoy. Maybe it’s that book or series of books that you easily lose yourself in. Or maybe it’s your yearly family vacation, because time with family is precious to you. Or maybe you have a favorite TV show, because the story-lines always hook you in. You become so engrossed with these activities that you never want them to stop. But then they do end, and you find yourself wanting more. Why does it have to end?

If you’re like me, perhaps you sometimes feel that way about life in general. When we experience unexpected success, we become joyful and hope these good times would continue. Let’s face it, at times life seems just too good to end.

Then reality hits. A close loved one suddenly dies. You’re stunned. This person loved life just as much as you. You did everything together—day trips, attending sporting events, you name it. Plus, neither of you had any serious health problems. Maybe you began to forget, that this life will one day end. And then when it does end, you find yourself overwhelmed by grief, trying to make sense of it all. Why does it have to end?

Paul tells us plainly why life ends: “Death came to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). When sin came into the world, death came with it. But our sinful nature distracts us from this truth. We often forget about the reality of death, and focus only on the good things in life. 

But what if you knew death was not the end? What if you knew death was nothing harmful but actually a pathway to something even better than this life?! As hard as that can be to imagine, it's true!

Jesus came to this earth to take our punishment and brought for us a gift--a gift which “is not like the trespass” (Rom. 5:15). This gift reverses death's power and gives us eternal life! Join us this Sunday as we dig into this gift and see how it impacts both the way we look at life and death!

God’s Blessings on your weekend!

Vicar Reich