October 29, 2018
Isaiah 25:6-9 …“And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.” vs. 7
A long, long time ago the prophet had the sense that there was more to the cycle of life than meets the eye. It wasn’t just a matter of being born, living for a time, and then dying. There just had to be more than that. God doesn’t bring things into being just to have them annihilated. So the prophet envisioned a final day in which the fullness of God would be revealed and God would throw a party for all people! There would be food and drink aplenty and no one would be left out. And then the great enemy of humanity, death, would be swallowed up forever. In the end life would be victorious! This is a remarkable vision, one worth hanging on to in troubled times. Sometimes, as we move along through our days, it seems like the same sorry story is being repeated again and again. We grow inexorably older, friends and family members age along with us, and one by one death picks people off. A grandparent, a mom or dad, a friend–one day they’re with us and the next they’re gone. But that’s not the whole story. One glorious day we’ll be together again. We’ll be alive, and death will be gone, swallowed up by God forever!
Thought for the Day: Why is death such a fierce enemy?