The last enemy has been striking hard and often. My friend, and our emeritus elder, Don Crabtree, went home this morning. Nelson, Sunny, Donna, and Rayma all preceded him very recently. Praise God it wasn’t war or plague; they all passed peacefully having led full lives….but death still stinks! I don’t have to remind you of that, but I do want to remind all of us that Jesus hated death so much He suffered a horrible death Himself to end it! A billion years from now we’ll look back at death as a vague memory – because it will have been abolished!
So grieve with me – but always with hope; things aren’t right yet…but they will be!
“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. THE LAST ENEMY THAT WILL BE ABOLISHED IS DEATH. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.”~1 Corinthians 15:20-28; NASB 1995; (emphasis added)