Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How Would You Like to Live Forever?

While at work this week, I watched a few people die due to cancer. I was more involved with one patient, than the others, and I was really affected by it. This woman who died was a mother, cousin, sister, aunt, and friend. She was in her 50's, and her youngest child was 18 years old. Her body was literally ravaged by cancer, as she wasn't able to see a doctor until it was way.too.late. I watched, and waited, as the medications kept her alive. She was breathing on her own, and was awake and somewhat orientated. The doctors kept her alive so that her family could be with her when she died, but she was all alone for many hours. The Death Cab song lyrics kept ringing through my ears...

"So who's gunna watch you die...."

Her children finally came, and the nurses withdrew the medicines. Though she was on pain medications, her death was still painful, as I literally heard the cries from her mouth. And then...

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it was over. 

All I could hear were the cries of her children, and all I could see was her family trying to have one.last.moment. with her. I started thinking about it (which is never fun), and I started to think about how it feels to walk away from someone you love with EVERYTHING IN YOU, just to never see them again. When I think about losing a parent, my insides literally feel like they are going to explode. 

I would like to call death, "final"... but the word "final" 
can't ever do justice to what death really is. 

Death is the worst thing to ever happen to human kind, and I have to watch it all.the.time. 

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You might feel bad for me, but I consider myself blessed because of this. My eyes have seen things that you wouldn't even believe, as I watch sickness take over physical bodies, and sit within feet of where souls are leaving their bodies. 

BECAUSE I see death so much, it only makes me appreciate more the fact that JESUS CHRIST HAS DOMINATED IT. Jesus Christ has LITERALLY SAID, "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death (John 8:51)", and Paul tells us that Jesus Christ has literally, "destroyed death, and has brought life and immorality to light through the gospel (2 Tim 1:9-11)."

I was in church a couple weeks ago, and we were studying 1 Corinthians 15. I was so overwhelmed by hearing about the promises we have through the Lord Jesus Christ. I really encourage everyone to read the following passages (especially if you don't often read the Bible, please just read it...), but if you do not want too, you can skip down to my summary below. 

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But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith....

For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men...

But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 

"Death has been swallowed up in victory." 

"Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?

"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 

But thanks be to God! 
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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God promises us immortality through belief in Jesus Christ. THIS IS NOT A CRUTCH of any kind. I do not believe in Christ because I am scared to die. I believe because it seems SO black and white to me. For one thing, everything that the Bible says this world and this life is, is the way it is >>>>>>>

>>>>Our bodies are perishable and weak, like it says above. Our bodies are fragile, and we will all experience death. Last time I checked, this was true. So wouldn't it be reasonable to at least consider the thought that the Bible might be correct about what happens after death? 

Jesus gets a bad wrap.

Some people believe that you have to do a whole bunch of stuff to be able to obtain this everlasting life, but it's just not true. All you have to do is believe. 

One day I read this verse, and God saved me. 

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, 
and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—
the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for,
 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10)."


Won't you let Him, save you?

4 comments:

Alicia Miller said...

I consider myself blessed as well to be able to experience/observe death. Praise God that He has conquered! Great post, Carrie. <3

Carrie said...

Thanks Alicia! I love that you read my long posts! :)

S G said...

Carrie (& Alicia) -- that is an amazing perspective. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with the immensity of falleness... yet, you are right, the depth of depravity shows the overwhelming breadth of Christ's victory. Thanks for the interesting insight!!

Carrie said...

Thanks Steph! We need to get coffee girlie!! I miss you! I hope Talbot is going well!