Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Proclaim His Death"

1st Corinthians 11.26

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

Death is the single, inevitable fact of life. Life will end. All good things stop, sometimes suddenly. People die and so will I. My mortality hovers as a dark reminder of my sentence of death. I will soon no longer exist as I now do. I was born to die. Jesus commands me to “proclaim... death”, but to shift my focus on life’s end from mine to His. I am called to herald Christ’s death until his return, which may take a while. I could, and probably will, die before His 2nd coming. Regardless, I have a job to do until He comes again or I die, whichever comes first...

“Proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”

My father died exactly 11 years ago on July 23rd, 2005.  I still miss him. Our last years together were the best ones. I was there when he took his last breath. I loved him and he loved me. My mother died November 10th, 2010, nearly 6 years ago. I love and miss her too. 

“Proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”

It has fallen to me to suffer another death, the death of my dear wife of 20 years. Adonica lost her 10 month battle with Leukemia 11 months ago on August 30th, 2015. It still hurts, badly. The kids and I are doing well, but I wish she was here by my side. I shall always love Adonica. 

“Proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”

I am not comfortable with my own departure. I am afraid of growing old and will likely do so un-gracefully. I don’t want to leave my children without a dad. Paradoxically, my most common and fervent (and selfish) prayer is that all my kids will outlive me. The pain of their early demise would probably kill me.

“Proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”

As foreign as the concept is, I am compelled to obey the cause and advance message of Christ’s death until He comes again. This is one death that contains an element of hope. Jesus died and rose from the dead. The message of death and resurrection is worth proclaiming.

“Proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”

I will proclaim the Lord’s death until I meet Jesus in my death, or His return. 

1 comment:

One Sided said...

You know you are making me go back and study my Bible ........................................................ Thanks