I remember being an 18 years old girl, living the carefree life of a teenager when suddenly, in one evening, everything shifted, leaving me with a deep wound that has changed my life forever.
We make choices on a daily basis. From the basic ones like “what am I going to wear today?”, to the more important ones like “what am I going to do with my life?”
On that dark November evening, my 21 years old sister chose to bring her life to an end.
I didn’t really know anything about death until I felt my sister exhale for the last time as she was passing away in my arms.
I had no idea what it was like to lose someone you love. Suddenly realizing you’ll never enjoy their company ever again.
Shaking that inert body that was now… what? Nothing… lifeless, dead.
As soon as her spirit left that body, it wasn’t her anymore.
All my cry and prayers couldn’t bring her back.
Not a sane human being on this planet wants to die.
Even if it’s inevitable, even if every human on this earth at some point must die, there’s always grief and suffering around that event. Not a sane human being on this planet wants to die. Especially not in the prime of life.
The modern form of humans on earth evolved about 200,000 years ago. I think it’s quite long enough for us humans to get it, right?
The pattern is simple and it’s been the same since forever. You’re born, you live, then you die. Period.
But no. there’s a deep feeling of loss that remains. Not only with the people living us, but also with us, who have to keep living with that huge emptiness in the heart.
But again, how come?
We were never created to die.
Because we were never created to die. That’s that simple. I see you skeptical out there. But just hang in there with me.
Going back to the garden of Eden, God said,
when you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you will certainly die – Gen 2:17
Humanity’s choice through Adam and Eve to eat from the tree brought death into our conditions.
We long after living longer, keeping the ones we love with us as long as possible. Why, because we’ve been made that way. To leave for an eternity long.
At our core being, we still feel it’s not right to die. That’s why we react with such pain and mourning in front of death.
He has planted eternity in the human heart – Ecclesiastes 3:11
The story doesn’t end there.
But then what happens next? Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. God’s heart has always been after us, his creatures ever since then.
On his mission to save us from death and thereby restoring the original order, He gave his one and only son Jesus Christ on earth so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16
So, by believing in Jesus, by receiving Him in our life and our heart, we receive life and we receive it to the full.— John 10:10
By laying down His life on the cross for us, Jesus conquered death. — Hosea 13:14
Christians still die, right ?!
You may ask, where’s the eternal life when Christians still die?
When Jesus was leaving this earth, He said He was coming back. When He will come back, the dead in Christ will rise and will live forever with Him — Thes 4:16
Nobody knows when He is coming back. It could be today, it could be tomorrow. One thing for sure, He is waiting until all His people, those He called for Himself, hear about him and believe in Him.
That’s the faith that we believers of Jesus Christ have. That’s why Jesus died on the cross. To defeat death and thereby restoring us what we lost at the beginning.
All of this because of the reckless love of God our tremendous Creator.
If everything doesn’t end here, if there’s more to this, then what does it implies to us human beings? Well it means we are going to be held accountable for our choices and our way of living. Whether you like it or not, whether you think it’s an old fashion church doctrine, there’s a day coming when we’re going to be judged by the owner of the Universe. We don’t just come on earth because we’ve decided to.
Our very life has been given to us by Someone. That Someone is waiting for good outcomes from our lives.
Living with the mindset that everything I am doing has an impact on my eternity makes me live differently.
Life is not just about getting the most of it, making it the more intense as you can because you only live once. If it were so, there wouldn’t be any purpose to all of this. It literally wouldn’t make any sense.